Photo of the Day: to the protesters on Wall Street (Click here for High-Res Photo)

This photo is meant for the protesters on Wall Street. Not the actual 99% of Americans. I. for one, am not in the 1%…but I don't blame others. These lazy protesters do not represent America. This user submit is a great representation of how we got to number 1…hard work.

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  • Joe Moore

    Well said, well done!

  • Lameasspaula

    I am thrilled that you serve, Thank you for your service, your courage, your bravery, your sacrifice, Thank you for your post, Though it is well said I doubt the "give me everything I want" 99% won't want to read it. I salute you SIr. God Bless you

    • Stan_Dalone

      I am thrilled that you serve, Thank you for your service, your courage, your bravery, your sacrifice, Thank you for your post, Though it is well said I doubt the "give me everything I want" 99% won't want to read it. I salute you SIr. God Bless you . Yes it was me I screwed up and apologize accordingly.

  • Adam

    To much of a pussy to show ur face?

    • Avery

      Nope, just following the style of the pictures. I’m SSG Avery Bennett.

  • Overreactor

    Am I the only one who finds this kind of Reichswehr-ian arrogance troubling? "Military service makes you superior"? These protestors, even though I am not one of them, have a very valid point.
    The American financial system IS broken. If a car salesmen knowingly sold you a car he specifically designed to be a death trap, and then put up a life insurance on YOUR life in HIS name, knowing that you would die, that would be a whole number of crimes. But if Banks do it, destroying thousands of lives all over the world in the process, that's cool and people who are pissed off at it are just lazy?
    This banking scheme has little to nothing to do with hard work – in fact, the savings of millions of actual hard working Americans – including a lot of military personnel – were destroyed by them. This isn't America at its best, this is America at its worst.

    I get it, you're military, you made a lot of sacrifices and you're proud of it. Still doesn't somehow make you a better human being, nor does it somehow make your opinion more valid than that of the citizens of the country you serve to protect. We're not living in a "Starship-Troopers"-Universe, where only vets are full citizens.

    • LansingMI

      Agreed. Well said.

    • tjk

      I think his point is that there are people that are a lot worse off. I don't think he is necessarily referring to himself, but people who have to endure war, famine etc. I think he is just pissed off by the complaining to be honest.

      • LansingMI

        Complaining? This is not some kid whining about not getting a second scoop of ice cream. I don't understand why so many of the vets I talk to – trained warriors – think the most appropriate reaction to being attacked is to just shut up and take it. If it's with a bullet or blade then it's go time; if it's with back room politicking and financial speculation, well, then you should just work harder, hippie. Also, if you think you need to go to Afghanistan or Iraq to see hardship then you have not seen much of this country.

        • tjk

          It is a more serious issue than a second scoop of ice cream, but what the wall street protesters are doing is still fundamentaly complaining. They're not offering any solution to the problem.

          And definitely agree with Americans having hardship, however, it is often much worse in other parts of the world.

          • LansingMI

            I agree with you that the Occupy movement is confused. And there are some factions within it that I don't agree with, anarchists in particular. However, every movement begins like that. People need to get together, hash it out and find common ground. Then comes the plan.

            The word "complaining" (or whining or moaning or any of the other words that Occupy opponents use) demeans and marginalizes a real issue. If I was standing in my front yard yelling that my house was on fire you wouldn't write me off just because I didn't have a bucket in my hand, would you?

            • tjk

              Agreed. The protesters don't really have a sense of direction or organization. Yet, I guess.

              Fair enough, "complaining" was a bad choice of words on my part.

    • Rick

      The e-mail was not meant as an insult to the "99%" of the American population. It was his way of saying that people can start at the bottom and work their way up. I tried to explain this in the comments below the photo. Needless to say, it is not an "I'm better than you" sign, it is a "stop lumping all Americans into your protest of the financial system".

      • LansingMI

        His implication is that people who don't have must not be willing to work for it. If it were just a statement about work ethic he wouldn't have mentioned the protesters at all. Also, if he hadn't enlisted into an organization that automatically and predictably promotes its employees he'd be right down here with the rest of us trying to figure out how to live in our brave new service economy. The whole thing is patronizing as hell.

        • RollingDeathStar

          Oh my god stop whining.

      • etcrr

        Rick it's all good, causing a serious discussion is not a bad thing. It is a healthy discussion heated and of course maybe no clear answers. but I don't find fault with the post

    • Pete

      So by your logic, being in the simple majority makes you better?

  • nonehere

    I totally agree with Overreactor,

    If someone joins the Military that is their decision, and yes they get put into situations where lives are at risk, but that does not mean that they are any more important then someone protesting for a good cause.

    • RollingDeathStar

      But thats just it, they aren't protesting for a "good cause".

      • etcrr

        agreed. the protest isn't with wall street it should be with the gov't. if you think all people should make the same amount of money then you live in the wrong country

        • Overreactor

          It's not about all people making the same. It's about not allowing people to do things that should straight up be illegal. Such as selling bonds which are hand-picked to fail as bona-fide investments to unknowing third parties, then betting that those bonds are gonna fail, in the process making a ton of money for a few traders while, as a result, the tricked banks (or sometimes simply different departments in the same bank) go bankrupt and entire states have to jump in to assure that that doesn't happen because they're 'too big too fail'. The banks can't lose. Either they make a ton of money on it, or the regular tax payers have to jump in – either way, they'll get rich.
          This isn't about punishing the productive elements of society – this is about making sure that things work according to a fair set of rules. What the people of '99%' originally set out to protest was that the government seems incapable of introducing a set of laws that will prohibit something like that from happening again. The bill that was originally meant to do so was killed/halted somewhere along the legislative way thanks to special interests.

          By now, of course, much of the "occupy" campaign has been diluted with the same usual suspects you see at most lefty rallies – hippies and the like. Doesn't make the original reason any less valid.

  • microjeffjgm

    There are two types of hard work:
    The first being one in which a person works very hard toward a better life for ones family, community, and self. The armed services being one of them.
    The second being the hard work of finding a way to make money off of innocent people in the name of greed and power. All of this of course in the name of a skewed view of capitalism. Capitalism was meant to be a way to make money by supply and demand, but the new vision of capitalism has become one of the new and easiest way to screw people out of their money so that they can make more. And by the way the true hard working people including the ones that are protesting are the ones that would go to war for the country long before the aristocracy that is Wall Street.

  • James

    I was just commenting the other day. The OWS hoodlums aren't the 99%… they are the 1% at the other end of the spectrum. They want a handout, and don't want to work for anything.

    Thanks for your service!

    • LBJD

      Then what does that make people like Scott Olsen, the Iraq War vet who got a fractured skull?

  • mountainsniper31

    Is that the Silver Star next to the ARCOM? If so, nice work. That and the CIB shows not only service but an extreme level of commitment. It's one thing to join the Army, Navy, USMC, etc to be a bulldozer driver, mechanic, logistics, etc. It is another to put your body and mind on the line as an Infantryman.

    Hail, hail, Infantry!
    Queen of Battle, follow me!
    The Infantry life's the life for me!
    'Cause nothing in this word is free!

  • Sav

    I am sorry, but I don't see hard working people anywhere in the financial system at the moment.

    I cannot sympathise with the protesters due to their attitude, however at the same time I think it should be pretty obvious to anyone that we are being constantly conned – hard.

    Otherwise, this chap's job would be amongst the highest earning ones. But, as it sadly stands, we risk life & limp so that pencil pushers can make a fat profit for managing "portfolios" and "investments".

    I don't do my job properly, I am fired or in this case, killed. They fail, they get a renumeration pakage and can blame it to "market sentiment".

    Sometimes, I wish that us military people could just stop & think a bit more about what is happening in our societies.

    Its all good to give everything for Queen & Country, but at the moment hard working, productive & intelligent people that offer real benefits to our society are being milked so that others can keep living on our expense.

  • lovelg10

    A simple question to the well-intentioned young men who are willing to sacrifice for others – do you really believe that your courage is for the benefit of the normal low and middle class folks who are on receiving end of the results of what the 1% are doing to the country? You advocate the purest of values – are these values reciprocated by the 1% (how much of the annual bonuses that these folks get are returned to the needy in the form of any kind of charity?).

  • James

    This guy represents a group of glib individuals (military or not). It is almost like they think people are poor, on welfare or unemployed out of a choice. The occupied movement really started with student protesters that are pissed. They are pissed because this countries economic system is stacked against them. A lot of students graduated college this year with enough debt they could have bought a house but instead of getting a decent $28k a year job they have to move back in with their parents and hopes of being a Barista. Yes, maybe some of these people should have made better life discussions but to assume they are unemployed because they are lazy is just wrong.

    The economic and financial situation is being stacked against the low income poor Americans. To not be appalled by this is just so un-American.

  • haww

    USASOC. Get some!

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  • CNNC

    I don't know if it was mentioned, but I find it ironic the soldier pictured is in the Army Psychological Operations branch haha! (on his lapel, the PSYOP Branch insignia & on his left shoulder, the USASOC Patch)

    • CNNC

      At closer examination, he's in 9th Battalion, 8th Military Information Support Group (formally PSYOP) according to the insignia on his shoulders. And his penmanship leaves something to desire.

      • Avery

        My penmanship leaves something to desire? And more specifically, I'm in B Co, 9th BN.

        • CNNC


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