By Brad Friedman on 11/11/2011, 11:11am PT  

We're posting this on 11:11 on 11/11/11, just because we can and will never get another chance to do so. At least until maybe later tonight...


We'll also take this opportunity, on Veterans Day, to thank those who have put their lives on the line in service of our nation to help protect the freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution. Today, we are particularly thankful to those who are continuing the fight for our freedoms back here at home, where they are most at threat, as part of the Occupy Movements across the country.

There are not enough 11s in this moment to thank you all for what you have done and continue to do. We only hope this nation can remember to return the favor.

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P.S. In addition to Iraq and Afghanistan vets seriously injured during lawless "crackdowns" by law enforcement officials at Occupations around the Nation, including Scott Olsen and Kayven Sabehgi who are still recovering, and like Joshua Shephard who was willing to face tear gas in order to stand up for the First Amendment, our great thanks also goes to folks like decorated Iraq War veteran, Sgt. Shamar Thomas, the former U.S. Marine who loudly reminded the police of New York City, in the early days of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, of their Constitutional duty on behalf of all of us.

If you've not seen following video of Thomas schooling members of the NYPD, in early October --- after witnessing some of them "pulling people from the crowd" and "beating" the --, by loudly reminding them that "this is not a war zone...It doesn't make you tough to hurt these people...there's no honor in this," please take a few minutes to both watch it below, and then read on for a personal note...

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...And, finally, on a more personal note...allow me to offer my personal thanks to so many of the veterans who have supported this blog over the years, and who continue the fight for our freedoms on so many levels here at home, especially in the fight for Election Integrity and Voting Rights. I don't have the time or ability to list all of you by name, but hopefully you know you have my eternal gratitude and undying respect. I will take the opportunity, however, to thank, by name, two vets and BRAD BLOG contributors today: Ernie Canning, whose support over the last several years and tremendous work here has been tireless and extraordinary, and our fallen hero John Gideon, whose fight for veterans rights and remarkably dedicated work on this blog is gravely missed, even to this day and every single day of the year...