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?