Code Pink owns Berkeley, California. "The U.S. Marines must go!"

They start with a parking space.

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For a moment's diversion, we'll contemplate the lovely ville of Berkeley, California. The city council of this quaint town for carriers of outmoded political though do not care for what the United States Marines do in keeping Moslem extremists and the battalions of the PRC off their turf, so this city council has voted to give away the parking space in front of the Marine's recruiting office to the paranormal, sociopathic Code Pink organization:

Having failed in recent years to impeach President Bush and stop the war in Afghanistan, members of the City Council approved a resolution that encourages people to nonviolently “impede, passively or actively,” the work of the recruiters.

To that end, the council awarded the group, Code Pink, exclusive use of the parking spot for four hours one afternoon each week, for the next six months, to stage its protests. “If you’re going to join the Marines, you’re going to join the Marines,” said Zanna Joi, an activist with Code Pink, which favors cotton-candy-colored garb and in-your-face tactics. “But you don’t have to join the Marines from our town.”

They're also looking for a legal method to eject the Marines from their strange city.

Oh, it's not going to happen, and America fights back against this kind of thing. Read On…

A "senior marine official" has told FOX News that it's not going to happen:

"We understand things are different there, but some people just don't get it. … To actually put something into law that encourages the disruption of a federal office is ridiculous. They are not going to kick a federal office out of its rightful place there, and this is not going to discourage those young patriots who want to be Marines," the official said.

Meanwhile, Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) is lining up actions for Congress to take against Berkeley, California:

DeMint said he will draft legislation to rescind any earmarks dedicated for the City of Berkeley in the recently passed appropriations bill — which his office tallied to value about $2.1 million. He said that any money taken back would be transferred to the Marines.

DeMint's office provided a preliminary list of items that would be subject to his proposal:

— $975,000 for the University of California at Berkeley, for the Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service, which may include establishing an endowment, and for cataloguing the papers of Congressman Robert Matsui.

— $750,000 for the Berkeley/Albana ferry service.

— $243,000 for the Chez Panisse Foundation, for a school lunch initiative to integrate lessons about wellness, sustainability and nutrition into the academic curriculum.

— $94,000 for a Berkeley public safety interoperability program.

— $87,000 for the Berkeley Unified School District, nutrition education program.

Will this pass a Democrat Congress? I don't see why it would, but it does make a point. But I wonder what a Senator like DeMint will use against a place like Berkeley if earmarks are eliminated, a notion backed by such as Republican Presidential hopeful John McCain.

Upon reflecting, though, I think the notion of an entire town, home to a branch of a branch of a State university, being run by a group dedicated to the emasculation of the United States is a frightening one. Yes, it is Berkeley, and we cannot expect them to be as independent as, say, Battlebro, Vermont, but there has to be a point when Constitutionally protected free speech becomes illegal impairment of the defense of the United States. Has Berkeley crossed a line?

Code Pink owns Berkeley, California. "The U.S. Marines must go!" 21 Comments (0 topical, 21 editorial, 0 hidden) Post a comment »

Respond. Quickly and firmly. Do not just laugh this off as the juvenile action of men/women-children that it unquestionably is. Ignoring this will simply encourage more behavior like this, especially more harassment of our servicemen and women.

Our Soldiers, sailors, airmen/women, Marines and Coast Guard deserve to have their political leaders watch their backs.

We now expect all of you to step up. We are not asking. We will brook no "New Tone" here. It is not the responsibility of America's military (and their families) to suffer abuse and disrespect because the Executive Branch cannot be bothered to stick up for them.

"Who will stand/On either hand/And guard this bridge with me?" (Macaulay)

If not, I submit that any Executive Branch action to implement/fund them should be viewed as a sign of indifference by the Bush 43 White House to our men and women in their uniform, and their families.

"Who will stand/On either hand/And guard this bridge with me?" (Macaulay)

It is now time to stand and be counted.

"Who will stand/On either hand/And guard this bridge with me?" (Macaulay)

Here's my plan;

We bribe the entire city council to use Kelo and claim dominion over the entire town.
Then, we sell the land to Iraq, so they can use all of it as a sovereign embassy. We pay the council their bribes from proceeds.

The Marines stay, politicians get paid off; everybody wins, no?

"Nec Aspera Terrent"
bene ambula et redambula
Contributor to The Minority Report

$750,000 for the Berkeley/Albana ferry service.

The Berkeley/Albania ferry service was cancelled in 1991 for obvious reasons....

I continue to be sickened by my country in general. I just have nothing more to say about this. That the government would openly vote to disrupt our military is an unthinkable and hopefully unconstitutional act. There is a right to free speech, but the military should not have to accommodate its protesters!

MelZ

There's other federal money besides earmarks that could be denied. Berkeley has a major earthquake fault running through it that's overdue for a quake. The Berkeley hills are prone to massive wildfires like the 1991 Oakland Hills fire next door or the semi-annual ones in Malibu. Perhaps there could be a Solomon II amendment denying federal disaster funds to cities that obstruct military recruitment. Heck, Bush could just announce he won't declare Berkeley a disaster area as long as it obstructs military recruitment. That will get their attention.

Michelle Malkin has posted the Mayor, Auditor, and Councilpeople contact information on her website. Go there and send them an e-mail as well. I fully support cutting any and all federal fund and aid for these disgusting actions.

One thing not mentioned here, they also voted to have the city manager send a letter to the USMC saying that the USMC are "uninvited and unwelcome intruders" in the city.

a couple of years ago. Maybe we've found a replacement!
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Well done is better than well said. —Benjamin Franklin

and I can't remember exactly where (I think it might have been Volokh), what I thought was a fairly insightful take on the situation: Berkeley and the Code Pinkers are free-riding on the fact that the federal government would never allow a foreign power to invade California just to make a point.

But I do think the same point can be made in other ways. For example, Congress could establish a Solomon Amendment-alike for municipalities, whereby a city that harasses, or enables harassment of, military recruiting offices becomes ineligible for any federal funding.

It doesn't really bother me that Berkeleyites hate the Marines. I don't even care if they protest recruiting offices. But the free ride needs to end, one way or another.

withdrawing sovereignty over territory?

The land and buildings of a foreign embassy are always considered the territory of the country whose embassy it is. So for instance, French military can protect the French Embassy on American soil. Right? United Nations sits on land that is considered "international territory" for example.

Presumably, the United States has withdrawn its claim of sovereignty (at least temporarily) over that patch of American ground, at least while the embassy sits there.

If this is constitutionally justified, can the United States withdraw sovereignty over Berkeley altogether and refuse to defend it from foreign hostilities, in the absence of diplomatic treaties or such?

Would this be considered a takings for the purpose of the Constitution? Or does the taking have to occur prior to the withdrawal of sovereignty?

How does federal power to create such extraterritoriality fit in with the State's power? Can California refuse to cede Berkeley territory to the federal government's plan to make it an international territory?

-TS

"When men fear work or fear righteous war, when women fear motherhood, they tremble on the brink of doom; and well it is that they should vanish from the earth." - Teddy Roosevelt

There is a very simple solution to this new mess.
Every able-bodied off duty military personnel within a 50 mile radius should show up at the recruiting offices on the Code Pink demonstration days.

Just to keep Code Pink weirdos in their cars. The whole afternoon.

It is free speech afterall.

i saw this story this morning and it had my blood boiling. These are exactly the type of folks Pelosi loves and its scares me she run the House.

Thank God for Demint!

And I really think everyone should. If we could bury the switchboard in DC during The Shamnesty deal, imagine what we could do hear. Not te mention emailing and calling our reps in Congress to do something, even if it was small for starters. This cannot go un-challeneged.

Speaking as a Vet my stomach turned when I read this. M Malkin has provided all the email address's and contact info. Email your friends this info and as I just did , write the email for them so that all they have to do is copy and paste.

This should be shouted from the roof tops, but knowing the MSM, they will simply report it with a spin and gloss right over it. Its going to be up to the political Junkies like us to make this happen.

Talk Radio Junkie and Friend of Fred

As my previous post points out I have emailed a copy of the message I sent to Berkly Officials to those in my address book..

So far the 2 biggest Liberals in my entire email list have replied saying that "I" was not hard enough on them and they have sent thier own emails that contained a much longer and vicious attack!! LOL

Talk Radio Junkie and Friend of Fred

But this time we have no Lincolns, Grants, and Shermans.

I take a couple of days off with no tv or internet and then this!!

I wonder if the City is going to foot the bill for the remaining lease agreements on those spaces that are occupied by the recruiting offices. After all, it would be their fault for having the leases placed into default.

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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
--Aristotle

Dang near enough to make people make the short drive to Berkley just to enlist.

I recall that when Operation Rescue and Randall Terry protested too vociferously outside abortion clinics, with the express intent to prevent people from entering, they were successfully sued for a civil RICO violation (RICO = Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations act -- the government's bludgeon against the mafia), which bankrupted Operation Rescue and its leader. The Supreme Court unanimously upheld the extension of the RICO act to "free speech" activities that crossed the line and used physical intimidation to prevent people from entering a business. The issue would be, can the Marines be construed as a business, and Marine recruits as "customers", for RICO purposes? In the alternative, could the Solomon Act, aimed at educational institutions, be applied to the City for the City Council's encouragement of Code Pink?

In the alternative, perhaps just a turning of the federal bureaucratic screws is in order. Berkeley has already run into trouble with HUD funds being misappropriated or incompetently spent -- how about a thorough audit of every federal penny going to Berkeley, and suspending funds when incompetence or fraud is found? As a local realtor, I can tell you that Berkeley's budget is going to suffer with the downturn in real estate, not so much from the reduced property values, but from fewer transactions yielding a fat 1.5% transaction tax (that's right -- 1.5%). I can also tell you that it probably would not be hard for the feds to find misuse of federal funds, if they looked in more than a cursory fashion.

 
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