Thread: Occupiers deface US flag
#1 Occupiers deface US flag01-30-2012, 10:50 AM
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — It started peacefully enough: A midday rally at City Hall and a march. But as the day wore on, Oakland was hit by the most turbulent protests in weeks as Occupy demonstrators clashed repeatedly with police, leaving more than 400 people arrested.
The demonstrations in downtown Oakland broke a lull that had seen just a smattering of people taking to Oakland's streets in recent weeks for occasional marches that bore little resemblance to the headline-grabbing Occupy demonstrations of last fall.
That all changed Saturday with clashes punctuated by rock and bottle throwing by protesters and volleys of tear gas from police, and a City Hall break-in that left glass cases smashed, graffiti spray-painted on walls and an American flag burned.
AP photos showing the flag burning — including images of masked protesters touching off the blaze, a woman urging protesters not to burn it, and another of an officer stomping out the fire — drew attention on social networking sites.
At least three officers and one protester were injured. Police spokesman Sgt. Jeff Thomason said there were more than 400 arrests on charges ranging from failure to disperse to vandalism,
On Sunday, Oakland officials vowed to be ready if Occupy protesters try to mount another large-scale demonstration. Protesters, meanwhile, decried Saturday's police tactics as illegal and threatened to sue.
The US Flag has a special meaning in my life. To me, it symbolizes everything I've spent the last 10 years wearing a uniform for, plus the 6 further years I'll be signing for in 2 weeks. It reaches me at almost a spiritual level you can say, no matter what I'm feeling when I look at it, everything just stops and a sense of strong pride fills me. It helps me realize that no matter how things are in life, what that flag represents something that I will always be proud to say I've devoted my life to protecting. It's probably the closest thing that I have to a spiritual guide in my life.
When I see actions like this, it makes me wonder how I can justify putting people like that before it. To continue protecting their rights to tread over everything that I hold dear in life. I know it is my responsibility to, but when I truly look within myself, I find that I cannot. I cannot truthfully stand up and say I defend the right of these people to deface America.
While I hold my head high with the duty I have and will continue to faithfully serve the good citizens of America, I just do not think I can blindly extend that umbrella to all American citizens anymore...In most sports, cold-cocking an opposing player repeatedly in the face with a series of gigantic Slovakian uppercuts would get you a multi-game suspension without pay.
In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
01-30-2012, 11:05 AM
I keep saying that we need to amend the Immigration and Naturalization Act to make flag burning nito a formal renunciation of citizenship. Those who wish be Americans don't burn the flag.
01-30-2012, 11:15 AM
Apparently, the media attention went away.
01-30-2012, 11:25 AM
They're wearing hankerchiefs on their face. How can anybody say these are regular people and not fringe movement people who are leading?
01-30-2012, 12:33 PM
And, it gets worse. Another occupier posted his update to the Pledge of Allegiance over this video.
Occupy Pledge of Allegiance: “…and to the plutocracy for which it stands, the privately owned central bank, under the Jews…”
During yesterday’s hours-long rioting at the Occupy Oakland protest, the Occupiers burned a United States flag in front of Oakland City Hall (before later breaking in and smashing up irreplaceable antique museum exhibits in the foyer). Someone posted a video of the flag-burning to YouTube, and then added narration on top of it — his own rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance in an Occupy theme:
Here’s exactly what he says as the Oakland Occupiers burn the flag:
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the imperialistic capitalistic dictatorship, and to the plutocracy for which it stands, the privately owned central bank, under the Jews, with inequality and injustice for the 99.“
It’s not clear who made the narration and the video — it could be one of the Occupiers themselves, or a local Occupy sympathizer, or perhaps just some random guy on the Internet getting all excited seeing the Occupiers in action.
(The YouTube channel for the narrator has this self-description: “Combination of Technical analysis, marxism, monetary history, and mainstream economic analysis,” alongside a litany of Bay Area Occupy and “evil Federal Reserve” videos.)
But even if it was just some random guy, you’ve got to ask yourself:
When rank anti-Semites are inspired by your actions to rant about evil Jews controlling the banks, isn’t it time to re-think your message?
Looks like the Occupiers have embraced their leaders’ call to spread hate.
[Hat tip to Ringo of Ringo's Pictures for digging up the video. Also reported at Moonbat Tracker and
Last edited by Odysseus; 01-30-2012 at 12:39 PM.
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01-30-2012, 02:03 PM
That said, these people need to be slapped along with people who do work with them.
01-30-2012, 03:43 PM
But, what is the OWS cause? What does OWS stand for besides camping on other people's property and bitching about the inequities of the economic system that have provided them with a pretty cushy life? Sooner or later, you have to realize that what they say is what they mean. Their cause is what they present, a paranoid rant against capitalism, America, bankers, wealth (and those who have it), Jews, etc. It's who they are.
01-30-2012, 04:05 PM
This is a suicidal move in the public relations department, Unless a group has the actual power to overthrow a government and replace it's flag burning it will only mean the demise of what ever group tries this means of protest, it doesn't matter what country it is done in.How is obama working out for you?
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