Video: Tense moments when two men chase down, take US flag from ‘disrespectful’ protesters

A video confrontation between two apparent servicemen and demonstrators in New Mexico is stirring Internet debate over free speech versus protecting the American flag.

According to KRQE in Albuquerque, the incident took place Sunday as part of a protest against recent shootings by police. Two protesters riding a scooter carry the flag upside down – a symbol of distress recognized by the U.S. Flag Code.

But two men, one of them wearing a Marine Corps T-shirt, took it as a sign of disrespect.

Warning:Some inappropriate language

According to the flag code, “The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.”

The Albuquerque protesters apparently felt the demonstration against fatal police shootings met that standard. The men in the video didn’t seem to care.

“I don’t give a [expletive] what the symbol is,” one of the men says to a demonstrator. “We serve our [expletive] country and that’s bull[expletive].”

KRQE said it could not identify the men or confirm they are service members.

Regardless, a Marine major interviewed by KRQE said the men in the video might have been overreacting.

“There are a lot of folks that have a lot of passion about that flag and want to protect it at all costs but that doesn’t negate the fact that we’re in the service to support and defend the Constitution,” Cillissen said.

“If somebody is disrespecting that flag legitimately, it’s not any one person’s place to use intimidation or coercion to try and stop that.”

Check out the KRQE coverage here.

Twitter reaction was as split as Maj. Cillissen.

The Rick Monday rescue of the flag at Dodger Stadium in 1976 KRQE talks about is legendary for a reason. Most Americans love the flag and don’t take kindly to it being abused.

But the flag is a piece of cloth without the Constitution it stands for, and the Constitution says freedom of speech is sacred.

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Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.
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Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.

  • Mary Doan

    Showing your ignorance by disrespecting an American Flag. That’s always a good way to let others know that you’d like to get your clock cleaned.

    • Britton George

      The protesters did it legally. Ever heard of flying a flag upside down in distress like he did? These knee jerk reactionary Marines aren’t very smart. Also they served bankster puppetmasters and not for freedom and liberty.

      • Greg Halderman

        can tell you never served in the military, or known about duty and honor ….. I

        • Bruce Keyes

          Could not have said it better Greg, Duty and honor is everything!

          • http://akazip.com/ unclezip

            Duty and honor to what, exactly?

          • John Boylan

            Time you get back to Bed sonny boy

        • Benny

          YOUR WRONG,Having it upside down is a symbol that our country is in Distress.Just because you served does not make you smart. I have 6 brothers that served and they know this.

          • Herman Vogel

            You have six brothers that served,,,well, have YOU…yeah thought so…you’re what 15…sad.

          • John Boylan

            Vogel? Was your Father a Guard at Sobibor/Dachau?

          • John Boylan

            Sad is your tiny pecker, and women who laugh at :IT”.

          • Herman Vogel

            WOW,,,,focus much,,,must have gotten hold of some bad dope,,,need to change Pushers,,,or just stop,,,one.

          • John Boylan

            That it Vogel? You write like a 15 year old. You need a spanking.

          • Herman Vogel

            WOW, Personal attacks, Can’t focus and have No idea of what the subject matter is,,,Just WOW…and sad.

          • Donna Beard

            You don’t know what was being said by the guys on the scooter. The article said they were protestors. They could have been making fun of America and/or the flag. If they were in distress, they would have been stopping for some help instead of trying to get away from the military guys.

          • Eric G

            It’s not that simple. The upside down flag is for imminent distress where life and limb are acutely threatened. Please show me where the two on the bike were being attacked or stranded and dying somewhere. If you want to tout about the protest being against cops shooting people, show me where the two were being targeted by gun touting law enforcement.

          • creeper

            I think those protesters WERE in extreme distress and the Marines were simply trying to rescue them.

          • psychosally

            now that makes sense-they took away that heavy flag they were trying to carry

          • JHorvathJr

            if the bike riders wanted to, they could easily outdistance those pursuing them on foot. As they did not, it is clear that the incident is a setup part of the protest. Tshirts do not make Marines.

          • psychosally

            what did that show if that were what was happening-sure as hell wouldnt help their protest to run away like chickenshits

          • Britton George

            Life and property are threatened hence this protest involving a homeless man being shot by police. It qualifies.

          • auntielib

            Nope, it doesn’t qualify, Britton.

          • Britton George

            How do you know? Read up on the reason for your average protest before you go labeling people commie, socialist or liberal. Really makes you look bad.

          • John Boylan

            Qualifies you being a Leftist Dick Licker.

          • Phil McMorrow

            You are correct in that the imbicilic bikers meant the symbolism to convey an anti=establishment message. I salute those Marines and will remember them in November, the month the Corps was founded.

          • Mark Daniel

            Before implying that somebody is not smart, learn the difference between YOUR and YOU’RE

          • Jay Hanig

            Just because he’s misguided and illiterate doesn’t mean he might not be smart.

          • John Boylan

            Just because your Fat and Ugly, means your a Putz………………

          • John Boylan

            Spelling Gestapo? Really? You are going after spelling? How about this. Your Mother is a Puta”. Did I spell Puta correct Mark, you Neddle Dick Putz?

          • Jay Hanig

            Crying for attention, John?

          • John Boylan

            Yeah, Hell yeah, and I goy it, you overweight Looooooser.. Deal with it Fat Boy.

          • Jay Hanig

            Wah! You called me Fat Boy.

          • Studmuffin

            Slim Pickens, your not Moron. Bearded, Bald and Retarded. That better, Joe Biden?

          • Jay Hanig

            I appreciate you noticing I’m not a moron. But I will cop to being able to grow a beard. Maybe one day you can too.

            BTW, that’s “you’re”; a contraction of “you are” rather than “your” which shows possession. I offer you this spelling lesson without charge because I hate to see you present yourself poorly. People might think you’re stupid and illiterate. Have a very sparkly day, Pooky.

          • Studmuffin

            Pooky ? You are a FuckingFat Pig. I present myself, for a pig like you with a Beating not a Spelling lesson.ou Overweight POS. Spelling? Really? That all your capable of on a come back? Loooooooooser.Fat Looser

          • Studmuffin

            Correction.” That is You Overweight POS”, sorry chubby.

          • Jay Hanig

            I rest my case, Pooky.

          • mac12sam12

            I’m in distress with Obama in the Whitehouse.

          • psychosally

            we all are-just that some are toooo stupid to realize it

          • psychosally

            well if you do it around me youre a dead duck

        • Britton George

          How am I dishonoring when I point out the obvious? You’re talking to someone with three generations of service in the family.

          • linreis

            obviously the honor stopped at you. just because your family served doesn’t give you the status. your comment leads me to believe you are a typical ‘give me give me give me’ type of person, but don’t get my fingers dirty…

          • Ryan McQuary

            it doesnt matter how many generations your family served….my great great grandfather was in the coal wars…doesnt mean I know a thing about it…the fact is that they were not in a time of distress…they were dragging the flag around…he threw it on the ground even…

          • Britton George

            It fell off the bike by accident you moron. They were scared and sped off from the marines chasing them. It was an accident after close examination of the vid.

          • Eric G

            It fell off the bike by accident? How the hell do you know that? It looked to me like they dropped it and ran, cowardly act just like hiding their faces.

          • Britton George

            Watch the video again closely and calm down.

          • auntielib

            OK, I watched it again. Two ugly Democrat gals, and one of them disgracefully threw the American Flag on the ground.
            Now what, Britton?

          • Britton George

            You didn’t watch a thing. You just want to beat people senseless with vulgarity and ad hominem attacks to boost your ego.

          • Eric G

            I did and stand by my comment. You will see what you want to see, and I will see what I want. The bigger picture is the two riders hauling around the upside down flag, not if they dropped it or not.

          • auntielib

            Nonsense, it was just two ugly Democrat gals who, like most Democrats, thought they can with impunity mock both the American Flag and the country it represents.

            Americans are starting to grow sick and tired of ugly Democrats like them, Britton.

          • Britton George

            What if the protesters aren’t democrat and just exercising the rights they have left to prove a point?? Ever consider that? Not every protester whatever the issue is necessarily a Democrat. People need to get out of that one sided argument crap.

          • psychosally

            if I was there they would have all fallen off the bike-accidentally-they were just chickenshit-unpatriotic idiots

          • JHorvathJr

            If they “sped off” pursuit on foot would be futile. They drop it as part of a set-up with someone wearing a Marine T-Shirt to be there to pick it up.. That’s all it was.

          • Hardcore Zen

            According to regulations a flag that touches the ground is to be properly disposed of by burning it.

            However – these regulations are not laws and they do NOT pertain to ordinary civilians. Period.

          • Aaron Barnes

            just because u had family member in the military doesnt mean jack still u serve and understand what it really means to serve ur country u dont know jack about the military.

          • Brad Meyer

            Right on

          • Herman Vogel

            and YOU never served,,,right,,,riding the coattails of your family,,,how sad,,and yet you spew.

          • mark

            There are a lot of punks like Britton George. Say I don’t even think George is from America. I sure wouldn’t put Britton as my post name if I were.

          • John Boylan

            Service? SS?

          • auntielib

            I’m proud of the Marine who picked up the flag that the ugly Democrat gal on the scooter had dropped on the ground.
            Perhaps none of YOUR family’s “three generations of service” would have done that, but thankfully the Marine in the video did!

          • Britton George

            What’s with Duck Dynasty? You know that’s a fake reality show right?

          • auntielib

            I doubt your family is as honorable or as decent as the Duck Dynasty families are, Britton.

            It’s not a “fake reality show” either. They really do own a company, and it really is in Monroe, LA, and Monroe really is in America.

            Ugly Democrats are just bitter because the LGBT bigots lost that exchange.

          • JHorvathJr

            don’t call them ugly Democrat gals. To liberals these gals are the pick of the litter.

          • Studmuffin

            Service for Gay Bars?

        • (CofC) Cult of Cannibals

          I did, and she is correct.

        • Ron Roy

          Is you’re duty and honor to the Constitution or to the Banksters that run this government? Displaying a flag upside down is simply indicating that our country is in distress!

        • Cris Bessette

          According to the flag code,
          “The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a SIGNAL OF DIRE DISTRESS in instances of extreme danger to life or
          property.”

          Given what many consider to be the out of control law enforcement of Albuquerque, this situation fits the US flag code exemption in cases of dire distress.

          • auntielib

            Most large cities in America are Democrat-controlled, and thus often in dire distress, that is true. So you may have a valid point there, Cris.

          • Cris Bessette

            Given that this is conservative Republican TEXAS, your point probably needs some sharpening. ;-)

          • auntielib

            ???
            Detroit wasn’t in Texas, last time I looked.

            Neither is Albuquerque, where 2 ugly Democrat gals riding on a scooter recently defaced the American Flag by tossing it on the ground.

          • Cris Bessette

            Ha! Thanks man, wrong state. Not afraid to admit when I’m wrong. lol

        • arguethefacts

          Can tell you have no idea about the freedom the Constitution gives us. Many members of the military defend the rights of American to protest using the flag. The Supreme Court (including the wingnut beloved Roberts Court) has ruled that protest using a flag is free speech.

          So, stop showing your ignorance.

          You have no idea about freedom, honor, or patriotism, or what the Constitution means. Have you ever actually read it?

          I’m sick and tired of pretend patriots wrapping themselves in a flag without having the intelligence to know what that flag actually represents. It represents freedom, and the freedom to descent. That is what patriotism is about. It is not about wingnut thuggery.

      • Dorotha

        another piers morgan ??? from the name I would think so, morgan is an idiot so I would not want anyone thinking I was the same as he!!!

        • Britton George

          I’m not the second amendment hating liberal Morgan is. To accuse me of such is idiotic.

          • John Boylan

            How about taking it up the Pooper? We getting Close.Boy?

      • porchhound

        Oh look another video game hero afraid to put on a uniform where the action is real. Now go get your facial and nails done and OOOORAH to the Marines!

      • Benny

        Britton George your absolutely right. Our country is in DISTRESS !!! Those idiots probably voted for Obama. How Dumb.

        • http://nouturn.wordpress.com porchhound

          Ahhh snarky comments about vets from someone too pathetic to serve their nation….how novel! If you are such a conservative what is YOUR service record?

          • david

            hey porch let me help you out. you seen to have to much of that bravado. So let me clue you in on what the military truly thinks of the population. during the cold war I had learned to read. in 3 years the air force base ( called vaccinations ) 24 shots. they were experimenting on ELEMENTRY KIDS. to make better smarter deadlier soldiers. but yet they considered in a full out war. 90% loss of population to be completely fine. so you remember one thing little foot soldier boy. the generals only want to commit war for any reason. and if we all die they do not care just as long as they win and survive. and where did I get this information? simple big blue folders marked in red TOP SECRET. what base Write Patterson AFB. do you know what they do? what base that was in the cold war era. do you know what it is famous for. it name comes up in connection to one event that should give it away. 1947 Roswell. are you getting the picture idiot. YOU HAVE NO CLUE if you did you would be ashamed for fighting for such a monster.

        • Britton George

          At least you get it. Others on this feed don’t.

          • mark

            Benny I tried to leave this for George in a reply to the above deleted post. In case he is not in jail yet. I hope he reads this.

            Your pathetic! If you repeat this TOP SECRET information. You have now revealed a top secret. The FBI and the AFISRA will be knocking at your door.
            Anyone who served knows that a “Top Secret” document and the contents therein is still Top Secret and it is against the law to reveal it. If you are real I hope you enjoy jail!

      • Mark Hatzi

        grow up or move out

        • Britton George

          Where is there to run? The New World Order captured everything. When did having an opinion or view be such a bad thing? I guess freedom of speech really is dead.

          • linreis

            yours wasn’t offered as an opinion, it immediately went for the throats of those who serve…

          • Britton George

            Who are you to judge when you don’t even know me??

          • linreis

            your comments tell a lot…think about it before you post stuff, if you don’t want people to pick up on it…don’t know you, don’t want to.

          • Hardcore Zen

            How old are you 10? You are being judged for your own words. Nobody needs to “know you” for that. We only need to be literate.

          • Britton George

            Knowing someone personally matters more then whats said over a computer. Things have a way of being misinterpreted. Remember that.

          • Hardcore Zen

            You’re a simple minded fool if you believe that what you write ANYWHERE is not judged on the merit of the content.

            It called “Critical Thinking…” “rationalizing…” “validating…” “evaluating…”

            It is at the very core of cognitive reason.

            You in fact are so deluded by your fragile ego that you cannot even recognize the logical fallacy of what you are saying and the irrational infantile defenses you espouse.

            Knowing you personally is no defense for the narcissistic illogical ignorance of your contributions to this discourse.

          • Britton George

            Yep you just admitted yet you still project onto others your flaws. Gotta work on that. Good start so far.

          • Hardcore Zen

            Hahahahaha… You really are a piece of work.

            What exactly is it that I AM PROJECTING? Once again you talk about something you have no knowledge of.

            I am a veteran. 8 years active duty. A U.S. Army Airborne Pathfinder Team Leader. A Graduate of the SWC Psychological Operations course and S.E.R.E. training.

            I am not the one defending his right to proclaim first hand knowledge of what it means to be a soldier though I have never been one… I have been one and you HAVE NOT.

            It is you who are attempting to rationalize your “experiential knowledge” despite it being vicarious at best, though more likely an outright “invention.”

            This discourse is the axiom of proof who is projecting psychologically and who is not. It’s as simple as that.

            No… I am the one along with so many others calling YOU out here, who is not going to let you “steal” the hard earned valor of self-sacrificing service men & women.

            You are unquestionably a coward for even attempting to do so… let alone rationalize, and defend your attempt to do so… and expect it to go unquestioned by the initiated.

          • Mark Hatzi

            Britton, the only way they capture anything is when people give in and quit. These people who blame the flag for their problems are just teenagers throwing a tantrum and will always remain as such. The flag is not the problem, never was, it is the leaders, this country was based on great principles, what other country in history has offered their people so much, but people want and want, and throw tantrums, when 1% an tell the rest what to do we have a major malfunction

          • Britton George

            How right you are. Hats off to you Mark.

          • Hardcore Zen

            What an idiot. Freedom of speech is a right against government oppression! Not for being called out when saying asinine comments, about a topic you have barely a superficial understanding of, and attempting to steal valor and proclaim the knowledge of soldiers as your own.

            There is NO right to free speech for that.

          • Eric G

            Oh, here we go with the conspiracies.

      • Colonoscopy

        You sound like a sissy.

      • linreis

        and you can thank a marine, a sailor, or any soldier for your right to say that…bankster puppetmasters? Britton, you are a huge fool.

        • Britton George

          You need to start learning about the NWO and stop picking on me: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x-CrNlilZho

          • Hardcore Zen

            Picking on you? Man up!

          • Britton George

            Its what you’re doing captain obvious.

          • Eric G

            Oh, no! A video on youtube says there is a NWO. That must make it an indisputable fact.

        • evalderramaster

          If you have a better insight on who the puppetmasters REALLY are (or are you in denial?) please enlighten us.

      • jay

        Legally? The protest started as a peaceful demonstration and turned into a mob scene complete with two demonstrators waving rifles around. Not my definition of legal. That being said, there may have been some overreaction by the two young men, but I am glad they did something…

        • Britton George

          Sometimes you have to get rowdy to make a difference. time has passed for being peaceful and goes nowhere. Anarchy has its uses.

          • Britton George

            Those two marines should have walked away sat down and read a flag code book.

      • Aaron Barnes

        what they were doing was wrong. flying the flag upside down is for military post and bases to alert friendly armies that they need help no for protesting

      • Herman Vogel

        Said by someone who will NEVER know the cost of our Freedom…and the morons on the Motorcycle NEVER paid that price.

        • Eric G

          You forgot the cowards on the motorcycle. They dropped that flag and took off rather than stand their ground and defend their right to protest and their cause. I wonder if they realize our military doesn’t have that luxury when it displays an upside down flag?

          • Herman Vogel

            The morons of the Motorcycles are Not making a Patriotic statement,,,they are just Idiots wanting to be noticed like OWS and the rest of the Socialist Trash we have in OUR Country. That’s why they dropped it and ran. They should have been caught and shipped to Cuba, China or Venezuela for a year,,,then let’s see if they find respect for OUR flag.

          • Eric G

            You know it. I am so sick and tired of these idiots.

          • evalderramaster

            SIEG HEIL!!

      • Robert Beers

        More ignorance from a know-nothing socialist. If you dislike this country and what it stands for you can still freely leave. There is a huge difference between honor and politics. Learn it.

        • Britton George

          A socialist??!! HA hilarious misrepresentation of my words. But hey feel free to continue acting like an idiot.

      • Eric G

        I don’t think it is as cut and dry as touting the first amendment. There are laws against crying emergency distress when there is none (see my other comment).

      • John Boylan

        Liberal Cocksucker.

        • mac12sam12

          You sound distressed!

          • John Boylan

            You sound excited………………….

        • Britton George

          Nice twisting of my words. Is that all you’ve got? Since when did having an opinion or a belief automatically get construed as “Liberal”?

      • Pedro Viera

        what was the distress?!

      • tom2

        They were smart enough to know illegal alien cowardice when they saw it. The wussies on a scooter fled like scared rabbits and their cowardly sympathizer was careful to keep his distance. Some commitment these anti-American Mexicans revealed. Times are changing and if the government doesn’t do its job, citizens will have to do it for them. Ever heard of vigilantism? Law enforcement hates it and libs fear it. Conservatives sometimes use it to conserve what’s theirs.

      • undergraduate

        “…bankster puppetmasters.” You’re a douche.

        • Britton George

          You’re misinformed.

      • auntielib

        The two Marines were simply engaging in an act of what you on the Left call “civil disobedience”, so I praise them for their courage.

        Change we can believe in, as opposed to what your Democrat Party has been peddling!

      • psychosally

        bet youre not a vet nor a patriot

      • Mike Miller

        says the guy banging away on a technology brought to you by …yes thats right our bankster puppetmaster..Stfu hippie

        • Britton George

          Your puerile nonsense doesn’t work on me. You’re on the same tech as me so look whose talking, jerk.

          • Mike Miller

            Except im not sitting here complaining about the people that brought it to me …JERK! lmao what a nincompoop!! typical lib …How is that Highspeed Internet working for you Georgie lol…

          • Britton George

            In other words you LOVE Bill Gates your slave master. Once again look whose talking. Seems your a “dirty hippie” too whether you know it or not. Having ones own opinion that goes against the grain doesn’t make them a liberal, its called free speech. Besides I’m a libertarian so make a better judgment next time you try it on someone else.

    • doszap

      No, showing your ignorance in not knowing the Constitution is jaut as bad,sorry but they fight and die for that right also.

    • Cris Bessette

      The flag only deserves respect for what it represents.
      Blind patriotism for a piece of cloth over the PEOPLE it represents and THEIR RIGHTS makes no sense to me.

      • auntielib

        You’re referring to Barak and his Democrat Party ramming Obamacare down the throat of the PEOPLE of America, trampling on THEIR RIGHTS like that, I presume, Cris?

        • Cris Bessette

          No, Iook up ^ see that article at the top of the page?

          Read that.

          • auntielib

            Already looked up the Democrats’ ACA, Cris.
            It’s a piece of socialist sh&t, yes.

          • Cris Bessette

            Did the ACA get shot by out of control cops in NM? How is that related to this story?

          • auntielib

            What does “Blind patriotism for a piece of cloth” have to do with this story, Cris?

          • Cris Bessette

            That is literally that basis for the story.
            Did you read it?
            Two Marines, ignorant of US flag code and blindly “protecting” an inanimate object rather than the rights it represents.

          • auntielib

            I read the story. It doesn’t say “this story is based on blind patriotism for a piece of cloth.”
            Try again, Cris.

          • Cris Bessette

            I would try to explain it to you, but at this point I think I would have more success explaining the concepts of symbols and rights to a rock. lol

          • auntielib

            I’d try to explain love of country and respect for her flag to you, but at this point I can see you have neither, Cris.

          • Cris Bessette

            If you think that a piece of cloth deserves more respect than the Americans it represents, then I don’t care what you have to say.

          • auntielib

            I agree. The brave Marine who picked up the American Flag that the foul, disgusting Democrat riding on the scooter had rudely thrown on the ground IS deserving of more respect than that Democrat gal, BECAUSE he picked the American Flag up off the ground.

          • Cris Bessette

            You seem to have no concept of rational logic or how debate works.
            Not worth my time. Blocked.

          • auntielib

            Oh dear! Cris has “blocked” me! I guess now I won’t be able to respond to him any longer, or point out what a disgusting little Democrat Troll he is?

  • LJ Higgs

    so if the homeless man killed by the police is a vet. would they have done that. Also they let or caused our flag to touch the ground, which is disrespect.

    • Goeasy0

      Two different issues. Homeless man doesn’t appear to be an immediate threat irregardless of who he was and neither was the protest or the state of New Mexico.

      • Tony Reeby

        “regardless” irregardless isn’t a word.

        • porchhound

          That is it? That is all you have? Grow a pair and join the conversation instead of sniping from behind your mother’s skirt..

        • aliswell

          It is a word, actually. It means “irrespective” or “regardless.” It just isn’t used as often as regardless.

        • Tony Reeby

          I stand corrected

        • Mark Hatzi

          WOW another closet liberal

      • Benny

        Learn what flying the flag upside down means before you shoot off your mouth. We are headed to be a communist country and I say that is Distress.

        • http://nouturn.wordpress.com porchhound

          Learn to respect the flag you nimrod! There are many ways to express your feeling about the state of this nation without disrespecting a symbol of the sacrifices made.

          • John

            Nimrod was a great king. Just so you know.

    • porchhound

      Don’t fly the flag upside down no matter what unless YOU are under attack by foreign agents….unless you want a Marine or other vet to do what these guys did. If you aren’t a vet you will NEVER understand!

      • Benny

        Screw you. So your going to say all of the men that have protested this president and fly their flag upside down are wrong ? You must be a jar head.Marines now are smarter then when you were in.

        • http://nouturn.wordpress.com porchhound

          What would YOU know about the Marine Corps? You little dweeb? Playing video games doesn’t count junior!

          • John

            Don’t you have some teenage girls on a scooter you need to beat up?

        • Mark Hatzi

          You are an embarrassment to human life, Marines have always been smart, and some then were a lot smarter then some today,

          • Aaron Barnes

            who cares if marines are smart or not they get the job done with a little help from the army and Air force.

          • Mark Hatzi

            LOL sorry, you must be an army boy, but marines still go where others do not

      • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

        Our country is facing destruction from within from the current increasingly tyrannical government. Most Americans blithely go about their lives ignoring the danger to free America. I’m glad my father, who served in the Navy for 18 years including WWII and Korea, isn’t here to see what is happening. When the USS Marblehead almost sank Dad’s best friend died rescuing the flag, his blood is on it. BTW: I properly display my flag every day.

      • John

        So vets are trained killers who will vent their uncontrollable anger against anyone who engages in speech they don’t like.

        GOOD TO KNOW.

  • Patrick Onesty

    Look at my profile pic, It has been that way since Obama took office.

    • Goeasy0

      Far enough, we are in deep trouble with him and his supporters.

    • porchhound

      Do what you will but don’t tell yourself you are following the flag code. You are no better than the wannabe biker!
      The flag is a symbol of our nation which many have died protecting. It may be a little icon to you but that says more about your lack of respect for those of us who served than it does about the azzwipe in the white house.

      • Benny

        They are.You don`t know history jack.Listen old man our country is failing and these men and women are taking a stand.What group are you part of that is trying to restore this country.I bet none.I got 6 brothers that would back me from every branch of military.

        • http://nouturn.wordpress.com porchhound

          And you have nothing but talking about what someone else would do. When your gonads drop come and talk to me! BTW what are YOU doing other than “protesting”? Have you lost the address for the local recruiting office or do you pee your pants just thinking about it?

    • Benny

      Your right.What is wrong with these people. It has nothing do do with disrespect. They must be democrats and liberals.

  • Lucktoday

    Cillissen is a pussy. So are the rest of you saying it’s OK for distress. There was no distress here only left wing wackos, teaching their kids to be the same.

  • Tony Reeby

    Never disagree with a Marine they will kick ur ass!

    • porchhound

      No, Tony we won’t but we sure as hell won’t sit by and let people spout bullshit without having our say. Those marines walked away from the guy following them didn’t they?

      • Benny

        Your a legend in your own mind. Come and try to kick my ass.

        • http://nouturn.wordpress.com porchhound

          LOL are you ten years old?

        • Mark Hatzi

          oh go roll another joint

    • Benny

      BULL, I`m not afraid of any of them. If fighting makes them a marine they have no idea what a man is.

      • http://nouturn.wordpress.com porchhound

        I see you shaking your bony little fist at your computer monitor! Pretty terrifying!

    • Colonoscopy

      Give us a reason first. Or an order (if you’re qualified to do so)…that always works too. I got out of the Corps 30 years ago…but I’m still the same feisty jarhead I always was.

      • The Master Chief

        Ret GMCM and Vietnam Vet 69-95 All I have to say brother:SEMPER FI.

  • LMW51

    I agree that the protesters felt there was “danger to life or property” when one understands what they were protesting. However, many of us are sick and tired of the protesters getting all the attention and having their “rights” respected to a greater degree. In example, the courts ruled that students can’t wear US Flag Tshirts when other students are celebrating ANOTHER country because it “might” spark violence. Why weren’t the Flags and colors of the OTHER country banned? What is next? St. Paddy’s day means that no one can wear the US Flag because the Irish might object and start a fight? So, I applaud these two young men for their love of country and for standing up and saying “enough”. More of us need to be doing that.

    • Benny

      Your another illiterate when it comes to our flag.Our country is in distress.Flying it upside down symbolizes this and it is NOT being disrespectful.

      • Aaron Barnes

        i get what u r saying but flying the flag upside down to protest is not what it meant for, there are other ways to get ur point across than that. how about making ur own flag and have on it what ur protesting about be one good way and it will prevent a marine from trying to kick ur ass as well, lol

      • LMW51

        Why don’t you re-read what I wrote? If you don’t, one would have to think that YOU were the illiterate one since I said I understood why the protestors would believe it was okay to fly the flag upside down.

        I followed that by saying that I also understood perhaps why the young men who fight to defend those protestors right to protest might be just a bit sick and tired of watching the rights of protestors and those who don’t love this nation above all others being protected over those who do….ie. those non Hispanic American citizen students who were suspended for wearing American Flag t shirts on a day when non American citizen students were celebrating ANOTHER country’s special day – which led to a court case with a ruling that said that the schools had the right to deny those AMERICAN CITIZENS the freedom of speech of wearing their country’s flag.

        Is it you who is the illiterate?

  • Benny

    I hope this is a lesson with you that do NOT know the flag upside down is a symbol that the country in in DISTRESS !!! If you don`t think our country is not in Distress you have your head barrier in the sand.

    • http://nouturn.wordpress.com porchhound

      Just a quick question little guy…how old are you? You seem to be an expert on our history, the Marine Corps, the flag, the state of our nation, who is and isn’t a conservative. You must have many years under your belt to have achieved such wisdom!!! Now go back to your mommy’s basement (you know you still live at home) fire up that bong and it will be all better!

    • RetiredTrainman

      Is your friends named Cecil? Now Benny being your not too smart and I know there’s no way you were ever in the Service let me explain something.. An upside down Flag doesn’t mean the Country is in distress, it’s like an SOS sign, you use it to get help.. Let’s say you were on a boat that is disabled and your radio is out this is one way of getting the attention of someone that maybe passing by..Now you can go back sucking your thumb and everything will be better.

  • Jeff Callahan

    I actually support these protests. Cops can’t just murder people and get away with it like they did to that homeless camper.. But I hate liberals disrespecting the American Flag..

    • RetiredTrainman

      Your right…. do your protesting all you want it’s a freedom of speech BUT DON’T DISRESPECT THE AMERICAN FLAG DOING IT. I lose all respect for any protester that does it that way.

  • Mark Hatzi

    To you CHILDREN who think the flag is a rag. Grow up.. It is all well and fine to be pissed off, but it is not the flags fault, it is the administrations. This country that has given you every right you have to be pissed, was founded on great principles, thru the years the vision has become skewed. But again, it is not the fault of the flag. These 2 men did no less then any one of should have done, you were lucky, they left you standing on 2 good legs…. Maybe if you read the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and the Bill Of Rights, you would learn something other then what idiot teachers and professors are teaching you .. You need to become men and women, not spoiled rotten rectums of the country

    • John

      And military men need to be more mature and respectful, even when they feel disrespected.

  • Ryan McQuary

    I agree with what the soldiers did…had it been me I would have probably punched the guy when he started running his mouth….the protestors were not in distress…flying the flag upside down is only to be done “in a time of distress” not when the country is in distress…when it applies to the entire country it is to be flown at half mast…just like during a time of tragedy…Im not in the military and I dont need to be to know that…that should be taught in school still instead of teaching our children that the 2nd amendment doesnt exist…

    • John

      And that’s why you would go to jail.