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Monday
Sep172012

One Marine Vs. 30 Cops At Occupy Wall Street

Flashback: Marine annihilates NYPD for Occupy Wall Street brutality - Oct. 17, 2011.

This is a must see.

"How do you sleep at night.  There is no honor in this.  It does not make you tough to hurt these people."

United States Marine Corps. Sgt. Shamar Thomas from Roosevelt, NY went toe to toe with the NYPD.  An activist in the Occupy Wall Street movement, Thomas voiced his opinions of the NY police brutality that had and has been plaguing the #OWS movement. 

Thomas is a 24-year-old Marine Vet (2 tours in Iraq); he currently plays amateur football and is in college.  He comes from a long line of Veterans: Mother, Army Veteran (Iraq), Stepfather, Army, active duty (Afghanistan), Grandfather, Air Force veteran (Vietnam), Great Grandfather Navy veteran (World War II).

Here's more from Gawker:

Here's a veteran, identified as U.S. Marine Sergeant Shamar Thomas, confronting New York Police Department officers during Saturday night's protests to ask them why they've been arresting Occupy Wall Streeters instead of defending the right to protest. A valid question! "How do you sleep at night?" he asks them. "There is no honor in this."

An alternate video of Thomas appears on the Facebook page of Occupy Marines, who say they'll "support demonstrators with organization, direction, supply and logistics, and leadership."  Wonder how right-wing pundits will shoehorn military vets into their "OWS protesters are anti-American communist hippies who stink and poop on cop cars" mantra.  Can't wait to see what they come up with.

 

 

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This Video of NYPD Arresting a Woman at Citibank Certainly Doesn’t Look Good

Sarcasm:

Let's not jump to conclusions about this video, which (at about a minute in) shows a woman dressed in a business suit, carrying her Citibank checkbook, trying to leave her bank only to be dragged back inside and arrested by a plainclothes NYPD officer.

After all, we don't know what she was doing before she calmly tried to explain to the officer that she is a Citibank customer! Maybe she was trespassing, at the bank where she keeps all of her money and is likely charged for the privilege of doing so?

http://gawker.com/5850190/this-video-of-nypd-arresting-a-woman-at-citibank-certainly-doesnt-look-good
Oct 17, 2011 at 1:37 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Thousands of Protesters Occupy Times Square, Hundreds Arrested Across U.S.

http://gawker.com/5850240/thousands-of-protesters-occupy-times-square-hundreds-arrested-across-us
Oct 17, 2011 at 1:40 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Later in the evening in Washington Square Park, police in riot gear cleared the park of protesters after the midnight curfew; in Chicago a similar situation in Grant Park ended with the arrest 175 demonstrators who intended to spend the night in Grant Park:

Officers individually approached protesters, who had formed a human chain and sat on the ground, to give them the option to leave the park voluntarily or be arrested.

As of 1:30 a.m., at least 50 protesters had been hauled away, while about 150 others stood and continued their demonstrations from across the street on Michigan Avenue.

Many chanted "The whole world is watching," echoing chants during protests at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, some of which took place in and around Grant Park.

http://gawker.com/5850240/thousands-of-protesters-occupy-times-square-hundreds-arrested-across-us
Oct 17, 2011 at 1:41 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
I love Sgt. Thomas. A friend of mine from NY (retired FDNY) told me the cops in white uniforms are officers. Tony Baloney...blech.
Oct 17, 2011 at 2:09 PM | Unregistered Commenterchunga
Marine confronts NYPD
"He comes from a long line of people who sacrifice for their country"

Working for the military is not sacrificing for their country, it's sacrificing for the political filth in D.C.
Oct 17, 2011 at 6:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterBill Jones
Bill...the text was from the youtube page..i just copied it. But I changed it now. I agree with you.
Oct 17, 2011 at 6:17 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
GOD BLESS those who defend the weak and those who cannot defend themselves.....that is true HONOR. I salute you Sgt. Thomas for your devotion to your Country and for standing up against oppression....in whatever form it takes from Afghanistan to the good ole' US of A........AB
Oct 17, 2011 at 7:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterAin't Bullshittin'
DB and Bill--

My old man was an artillery Captain in Vietnam for the USMC. He volunteered, mostly because service in the military is just what you did in my family (both sides). He came back a changed and haunted man, but was always grateful from the discipline--physical and mental--that the "Corps" instilled in him.

So while you can say, accurately, that the military is up to no good abroad, you should stop short of impugning the character of men who choose the military as a way to serve. The collateral benefits of a robust military are evident in this video.

There are legions of sharp ex-military who are fully aware of what's going on, but who choose out of a sense of duty to bite their tongues and watch. But if push ever comes to shove--and it's looking like it will, and sooner rather than later--this segment knows what's right and wrong and will act accordingly.

Some of the most thoughtful people I know are ex-military. They don't want a fight. But if you stick one in their faces, you sure as shit got one.
Oct 17, 2011 at 7:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
Certainly not impugning anyone's character. I do not support the wars, but I show respect for our troops.
Oct 18, 2011 at 1:53 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Good man, DB.

In other news, BofA is shedding more assets here in the U.S. Naturally, the latest report comes from ASIA:

http://business.asiaone.com/Business/News/Story/A1Story20111018-305611.html
Oct 18, 2011 at 9:19 AM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
There is a misnomer here, serving in the service of ones country is different than serving ones country. The Military since the end of W.W.II has been used by the Military/Industrial complex, really going full pace since the ending of the draft, where most eligible males were inducted into or joined the Military service. To say that the Military was used mostly by the private business interests of the U.S.A. would be accurate, especially since Reagan. Today the country is going bankrupt, with the remaining taxpayer paying the bills. Too bad that other vets haven't yet joined the good Sgt out on the lines, perhaps they will, as they should. For what is happening here at home, the police have replaced the terrorists as the enemy. Notice that not one of those police had the balls to arrest the Sgt. but they have harassed & arrested the civilians.
Oct 18, 2011 at 5:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterNorman
The Cops knew better than to evan take a step towards him. He would of stop'ed the hart beat on 7 of them before the rest could get the cuff's on him............? You Go Sir...............!
Oct 18, 2011 at 9:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
Not a big fan of all the protest going around, that's the sign of self destruction in every nation it happens. We need to stand together and vote as a people, not obstruct the way of life. We have computers to pull the nation together and bring everyone to vote and demand in a non-evasive movement in our government, especially for what the protests are standing for.

The right to protest is an American right as long as it doesn't obstruct or impede those not protesting. The Marine is a Hero and I will not dispute that and will always defend that. But ask yourself how strongly that gentleman would have acted if that were a KKK protest asking for government change for their cause? Or a radical Muslim group protesting for the rights to kill people they consider to be "infidels" without being punished? Or a group of pedophiles protesting for the rights to change the legal age of consent? Just because you agree or disagree with what the protest stands for, does not allow the right to cause a disturbance. It's the right to be a walking billboard displaying what you want people to know, look up and help change in a peaceful way by voting for your position. Something "some protestors" have lost sight of.

I agree that things need to change for the better in America, because I'm scared we are heading for self destruction. And if that happens, how many companies you own, how much money you have and whatever power you believe you have will not matter anymore. So the rich need to think about how not helping the cause could cause them to be even more poor than those protesting. You really want to get the attention of the rich people not paying you any attention, boycott what they have. You can't attack their heart, many don't have one, you can't attack their brains, they believe theirs is better and won't care, but attack their pocket book and they will concede.
Oct 20, 2011 at 9:33 AM | Unregistered CommenterMike
Mike, you seem to be off key in your post. What is lacking today in this country, are more people willing to put their body on the line for what they believe in, not to critique what is being protested. These citizens who are protesting, have struck a nerve, for these demonstrations, far from being self destructive, it's causing more & more people to get off their collective asses and join the protests. Referring to the KKK, Pedophiles, or radical Muslims, doesn't speak well for what you are saying. If you are scared, then do something about it. Join the protests, for that's what others are doing. As the good Sgt. demonstrated, and he wasn't speaking to or impeding any of the citizens on the street, the police are acting in a cowardly manner, but didn't have the balls to shut him up. Give some thought to what the financial people have/are doing to America/the world, it amounts to raping/pillaging the less fortunate but hard working people, who I might add, are the ones that allow the so called titans to occupy the lofty offices they do.
Oct 20, 2011 at 10:41 AM | Unregistered CommenterNorman
look up and help change in a peaceful way by voting for your position. Something "some protestors" have lost sight of.
Mike.............

Im sorry to say but we are way past voting this Crap Out. I still wonder if the Peoples vote evan counts anymore. But then 2010 reasured me just maby they do.

Sure you'll vote next year. All that dose is put new up n comming Rinos in office.....You are going to need to join us and stompimg out the ones that control the Goverment Low Life..........Hint, Ron Paul is the only one that Is Not Control'ed by the Banks.......!
Oct 20, 2011 at 12:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
Sgt. Shamar Thomas is a fraud STAGED
Oct 24, 2011 at 6:29 PM | Unregistered Commenterme
Judge Napolitano's Message To Occupy Wall Street: "End The Wars And End The Fed"

http://dailybail.com/home/judge-napolitanos-message-to-occupy-wall-street-end-the-wars.html
Sep 17, 2012 at 3:27 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
VIDEO - Marine Vet At Occupy Wall Street Tells Sean Hannity To "F*CK OFF" For Saying Protesters 'Hate Liberty'

http://dailybail.com/home/video-marine-vet-at-occupy-wall-street-tells-sean-hannity-to.html
Sep 17, 2012 at 3:29 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Meet Thomas Ryan - The Guy Who Snitched On Occupy Wall Street To The FBI And NYPD

http://dailybail.com/home/meet-thomas-ryan-the-guy-who-snitched-on-occupy-wall-street.html
Sep 17, 2012 at 3:29 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Sep 17, 2012 at 3:30 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
I was in Manhattan on saturday but did not go to Wall Street. Took a few good pictures in Times Square and the surrounding area and wrapped it up sailing in LI Sound sunday. Had I known occupy was their again on saturday, I would have taken a bunch of pix for you DB. I will e-mail you a couple of pix that you might be able to use in future stories.
Sep 17, 2012 at 5:23 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
"Certainly not impugning anyone's character. I do not support the wars, but I show respect for our troops."

Sorry, but that's just double-talk.
How about:
I don't support lying, but I show respect for the liars.
I don't support rape, but I show respect for the rapists..
I don't support murder, but I show respect for the murderers.
I don't support kidnapping, but I show respect for the kidnappers.
I don't support torture, but I show respect for the torturers.

You see how utterly foolish and vapid that logic is?

How in hell can you say you "do not support the wars" and THEN turn right around and give us that obligatory, politically-correct crap about "respect for the troops." Who do you think DOES war? Psychopaths like Bush and Obama just give the order.
These "troops" you "respect" are the ones who pull the trigger.
THEY are responsible for all the death and destruction.
Every bit of it.

If you want war to stop, then quit "respecting" the people who make war happen by mindlessly following the orders of evil men.
Don't kid yourself: if you "show respect" for those who participate in the wars, then you ARE, most definitely "supporting" the wars.

liberty & justice,

sj
Sep 17, 2012 at 5:37 PM | Unregistered Commentersj
Well said sj. Excellent comments. I could not agree more.
Sep 17, 2012 at 6:38 PM | Unregistered Commenterphl
Mike, you say "We have computers to pull the nation together and bring everyone to vote and demand in a non-evasive movement in our government"...Really? What we have are elections divisions across the country only too willing to manipulate computer vote tallies to promote the interests of a moneyed few. Both Dems and Repubs have been caught doing this and it is endemic. Please educate yourself - here's a start: www.riggednomore.com
Sep 17, 2012 at 7:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterLiss
Doesn't he realize the most efffective thing to do is join the neocons and sit on his ass at home forwarding emails about the evils of Obama, Democrats and Muslims??
Sep 17, 2012 at 8:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterBig Bob
Black man conman sense. If you want hart people go to Iraq.
Why not go go the hoooood and hart some real criminals.
Iraq was never a criminal state till another house Negro lied for his master in the UN floor.

I fought for this country?
I went to Afghanistan?
I went to Iraq?
WTF.
Sep 17, 2012 at 8:47 PM | Unregistered Commentermax
DB, The vid of the Marine telling Hannity is just classic. Hannity is just a complete simpleton who just screams at the guests on his show. I can't stand him. I have friends that will talk to me about listening to his program and I just start really getting loud and talking down to em. Kind of funny. Some get some don't.
Sep 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Glad you liked it, Skin. It's a pretty awesome response:

"I'd tell him to fuck off..."
Sep 17, 2012 at 11:00 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
There is a true man and warrior who has earned his place in Valhalla when he gets called home! Much respect for that Marine, shame on the NYPD, "to protect and serve", yeah the interests of the well heeled and the rich Wall St bankers morally and financially bankrupting western society in pursuit of power and money.
Sep 17, 2012 at 11:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterDave
I'm a marine as well, will Sgt. Thomas go to Mississippi to defend the Ole Miss students who were arrested in a non-violent protest?
Double standards will be the death of the minority groups in America, the Texas affirmative action case is only the beginning the majority is getting pissed you better shut the **** up
Nov 7, 2012 at 11:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterI'm a marine too
Curious DB, the original back in 2011, updated to today, as well as a few comments. I do have to ask though, just what does this have to do with the comment from "I'm a marine too"? I too can say "I'm an ex-marine" back from the middle of the last century, put my time in, proud of it, never looked back. If anything, it shows that most people today, sit on their collective asses pointing their finger[s] at others for what they should be doing. Let's just hope that if/when the shit hits the fan, that these same arm chair protesters come out and join, for unless they do, then . . . . . . . . . well, hell, Saturday is the birthday party.
Nov 8, 2012 at 8:35 AM | Unregistered CommenterNorman
Norm, DB did stories about banks foreclosing on service members. You and "I am a marine" might want to look those stories up here at The Daily Bail. Thank you gentlemen for your service.
Nov 8, 2012 at 10:07 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
John, I am aware with the stories D.B. posts, as I'm on the mailing list. That said, my reference was to what "I'm a marine" said about the other protests?, he noted. I do have a question for you though, why do you thank military members both past & present for their service? Have you served in the military?
Nov 8, 2012 at 10:41 AM | Unregistered CommenterNorman
I have family and friends who have. Did a lot of engineering work for the core of engineers and USAF. Served a a Fire Chief and know what a lot of service members went through by virtue of what I saw.
Nov 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn

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