Back in May of this year, I wrote about an anti-John Yoo protest at the Boalt Hall law school graduation, spearheaded by the communist group World Can’t Wait. What I didn’t include in that report is the fact that I followed World Can’t Wait to an entirely different protest immediately afterward — an “Armed Forces Day” protest in front of (where else?) the Marine Corps Recruiting Office in Berkeley.


In the spirit of recycling, the World Can’t Waiters arrayed all their torture-themed and John Yoo protest material from earlier in the day in front of the Marines office. Marines, John Yoo — hey, it’s all good. Close enough for horseshoes.

Armed Forces Day is a little-known holiday honoring all military members in the country. WCW took the opportunity to dishonor them.


The usual crew of crazies lined the sidewalk. All in all a pretty desultory affair.


But wait! Things picked up when a crew of Marines veterans arrived to counter-protest. You can see them off to the right in the picture, holding American flags.

But there were never any fireworks. A significant police presence kept everybody on their best behavior.


Members of the Marines Motorcycle Club surveyed the scene from across the street.

13 Responses to “May 17: Armed Forces Day at the Berkeley Marines office”

  1. 1Fenris on Jul 26, 2008 at 5:23 pm:

    This is highly disturbing. For a group that goes on about their constitutional freedoms being squelched, they sure love to censor the Marines.

    Then again, the RCP isn’t about peace, either, so I dunno.

  2. 2Rebelling against liberalism on Jul 26, 2008 at 10:32 pm:

    They seem to hate the military,yet if a natural disaster hits or they are caught up under a true military dicatorship,they would beg for Marines to come and save them.Hence why I left the leftist bs.

  3. 3dm60462 on Jul 27, 2008 at 12:02 pm:

    Okay, what say on May 1st, THEIR commemorative holiday, we all protest communism.

  4. 4Dane on Jul 27, 2008 at 4:47 pm:

    “Okay, what say on May 1st, THEIR commemorative holiday, we all protest communism.”

    Good idea!

    Do some quick rewrites on their flyer… talk about how many millions were killed and made homeless by the various Communist regimes over the years, the United States threatened with “we will bury you”, torture in Cambodia and the Gulags of Russia…

    Is this something to celebrate?

    OR IS THIS SOMETHING TO RESIST?!

  5. 5Christina on Jul 30, 2008 at 6:14 pm:

    Those Marines clearly have discipline bred into their bones, or they’d pick one of those nutjobs up by the heels and use him to beat the others unconscious. (I’d have said “beat them senseless” but that’s evidently already been done.)

  6. 6John on Aug 6, 2008 at 9:05 am:

    Fuck ‘em. I’ll take the Marines over this bunch anyday…

  7. 7SGTFLX on Feb 14, 2009 at 9:49 am:

    I am so glad that those protesters can express themselves with the liberties that my fellow Marines and I pledged our lives to defend. I shows the world that as Marines we even look out for those that could care less about us. I’m certain that somewhere in their warped psyche they feel thay have some sort of reasoning that justifies their stupidity. I hope that when they sit around and pretend to make a difference in the world, they remember that the right to free speech that they so often cling to has been paid for with the blood and sweat of every person to ever serve in the military, not to mention the tears of every mother and father that have lost a loved one. I hope and prey that whatever or whoever these protesters believe in grants them the wisdom they so seek, so they can live with the shame of their actions.

    Semper Fidelis
    SGT Felix Herrera USMC

  8. 8Jake Riney USMC on Sep 1, 2009 at 5:10 pm:

    Don’t be mad at The Marines. Take your sniffles to The President of The United States. Just remember, all you ungrateful protesters, if our military didn’t exist who’s going to help put out raging forest fires in your neighborhoods and around the world or rescue trapped ships or planes? Who’s going to help fly planes full of much needed relief supplies when the next great disater srikes us? Who’s going to take up arms the nest time terrorist take control of a airplane, bus, or train packed full of explosives and steers them into your own home? Who’s going to protect our country the next time an out control dictator has nuclear weapon pointing right at your town house or condo? Who’s going to keep our ships’s cargo safe from gun wielding pirates? Don’t mock our military that fights day after day for all the rights you have such as protesting. You can’t imagine the sacrafices our military men and women have to go through to keep us all free!!

    Semper-Fi
    Jake Riney U.S.M.C. (Un-dying Sacrafices Made for Civilians)

  9. 9شات كتابي on Sep 27, 2010 at 10:22 am:

    Fuck ‘em. I’ll take the Marines over this bunch anyday…

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