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If you don’t like it here . . . February 1, 2008

Posted by Jericho in news.
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I think I have just about had it with people who say they are American, and patriotic, but refuse to acknowledge the fact that military force is vital for a nation’s freedom and defense of individual liberty.

BERKELEY, Calif. —Local officials in this liberal city say it’s time for the U.S. Marines to move out.The City Council has voted to tell the Marines their downtown recruiting station is not welcome and “if recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome guests.”The measure passed this week by a vote of 8-1.The council also voted to explore enforcing a city anti-discrimination law, focusing on the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.In a separate item, the council voted, also 8-1, to give protest group Code Pink a parking space in front of the recruiting office once a week for six months and a free sound permit for protesting once a week.Marine Capt. Richard Lund of the recruiting office declined comment on the council action.The recruiting office opened in Berkeley about a year ago, operating quietly until about four months ago when Code Pink began regular sidewalk protests.”I believe in the Code Pink cause. The Marines don’t belong here, they shouldn’t have come here, and they should leave,” said Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates.Code Pink is circulating petitions to get a measure on the ballot in November making it more difficult to open military recruiting offices in Berkeley if they are near homes, parks, schools, churches, libraries or health clinics.Some employees and business owners aren’t happy with the weekly protests.”My husband’s business is right upstairs, and this (protesting) is bordering on harassment,” Dori Schmidt told the council. “I hope this stops.”        

Berkeley to Marine Corps: You’re Not Welcome 

Shame on you Berkeley. Especially you, Tom Bates. If you don’t want the Marines there in Berkley, well, maybe you should have all of your Police and Firefighting forces leave too. I think I know how much effort would be spent in defending Berkley if we were to be invaded. Good riddance. Code Pink wouldn’t have a freaking podium to stand on or even a microphone to talk in if it wasn’t for the US Military. Freedom is a human right, but it sure as hell isn’t free!

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