Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Berkeley Rethinks Letter Evicting Marines

Berkeley, California city council told the Marine Corps a week ago to move along, no need to stop here, we don't want your kind in our city as told us by Marie's Two Cents. The letter sent to the Marines declared publically "that Berkeley is against the war but supports the troops." Oh, well, that's different.

Senator Jim DeMint, however, didn't think so. A short time after news of the letter hit the web, Republican of S.Carolina DeMint reckoned that since the city of Berkeley didn't want a Marine recruitment office in their pinko city, they didn't want U.S. Marine Corps protection, either. As the Senator saw it, Berkeley should not get Federal money without accepting those who make their protestations possible.

Senator DeMint said he would draft a bill to cancel all the Congressional earmarks slated to go to Berzerkeley which is a rather sizable sum - $2.1 million. For all you Liberals, that's alot of real money that was confiscated from alot of real folk who don't want their money going to other people who don't have enough time to work but plenty of time to protest the Marine Corps. DeMint said the millions liberated from the People's Republic of Berkeley would be given to the Marines.

The earmarked money includes:

— $975,000 for the University of California at Berkeley, for the Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service;

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

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

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

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

Monday, Council members Betty Olds and Laurie Capitelli proposed Berkeley rescind the letter to the Marine Corps. "I think we shouldn't be seen across the country as hating the Marines. If you make a mistake, like we did, you should admit it and correct it and move on," said Olds, who voted against sending the letter.

Hundreds of people were angered by the council's foolish act in their name and Olds heard from them, including many in her own Berkeley hills district. She said, "People are so mad about this. They have relatives in the service, and now they think they're not welcome in Berkeley. My twin brother was a Marine in World War II. He'd be turning in his grave if he saw this."


Dona Spring, another city council member, said they shouldn't be cowed by the hate mail and threats as she termed the messages from concerned citizens that reflect an opinion in opposition to hers. Spring said, "I still oppose the Marines recruiting in Berkeley because it's one way of protesting this wasteful war. Our military policy is a shambles. But we're not in opposition to the Marines; we oppose the policy that directs the Marines."

Medea Benjamin, a Code Pink spokeshole, said her group was disappointed the city may be pressured into rescinding the letter. "I hope they're not acting out of intimidation. Berkeley is a city of peace, and a recruiting station does not fit Berkeley's values."

The council will revisit the issue next Tuesday at which time, if they're smart, will veto, if not repudiate, their previous action. Hey, it could happen.

It seems there was plenty of intimidation and undue pressure that caused the Berkeley City Council members to favor such an ill conceived demand upon men and women with really big guns. I'm not so sure the values of Berkeley are worth or worthy of Marine Corps protection. Fortunately for the People's Republic of Berkeley, the U.S. Marine Corps will continue defending the sorry butts of the City Council members and their ingrate constituents whether the pinkos deserve protection or not. That's what Marines do.

P.S.
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, is a former Army captain. Now that's sad.



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1 comment:

Marie's Two Cents said...

Oh Damn if this story was'nt so true it would be hillarious the way you put it.

I cant help but laugh:

Bizerkely?

Peoples Republic Of Berkeley?

Oh man LMAO!