Where Marines are unwelcome (but Communists are welcome)

Via Glenn Reynolds, another horrible (thought not unsurprising) story about more anti-military bigotry -- this time from Berkeley:

...The Berkeley City Council [] voted 8-1 Tuesday night to tell the U.S. Marines that its Shattuck Avenue recruiting station "is not welcome in the city, and if recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome intruders."

In addition, the council voted to explore enforcing its law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation against the Marines because of the military's don't ask, don't tell policy. And it officially encouraged the women's peace group Code Pink to impede the work of the Marines in the city by protesting in front of the station.

In a separate item, the council voted 8-1 to give Code Pink a designated parking space in front of the recruiting station once a week for six months and a free sound permit for protesting once a week from noon to 4 p.m.

Councilman Gordon Wozniak opposed both items.

The Marines have been in Berkeley for a little more than a year, having moved from Alameda in December of 2006. For about the past four months, Code Pink has been protesting in front of the station.

"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 after votes were cast.

Tom Bates and his crew are the same activists who have run that poor town for years, and run it into the ground.

Parenthetically, I'd note that Shattuck Avenue, where the recruiting office is, has the highest vacancy rate in history, and little wonder. Berkeley's hostility to businesses is second only to their hostility to the military.

While I don't know Gordon Wozniak, I'm sure he's had to endure more than his share of insults and ad hominem invective. When I had the misfortune of serving on the Berkeley Police Review Commission I certainly did, so for that I admire him.

Interestingly, there are people in Berkeley who agree with Wozniak, but they're afraid to speak up:

Even though the council items passed, not everyone is happy with the work of Code Pink. Some employees and owners of businesses near the Marines office have had enough of the group and its protests.

"My husband's business is right upstairs, and this (protesting) is bordering on harassment," Dori Schmidt told the council. "I hope this stops."

An employee of a nearby business who asked not to be identified said Wednesday the elderly Code Pink protesters are aggressive, take up parking spaces, block the sidewalk with their yoga moves, smoke in the doorways, and are noisy.

"Most of the people around here think they're a joke," the woman said.

Wozniak said he was opposed to giving Code Pink a parking space because it favors free speech rights of one group over another.

"There's a line between protesting and harassing, and that concerns me," Wozniak said. "It looks like we are showing favoritism. We have to respect the other side, and not abuse their rights. This is not good policy."

I don't blame the woman for asking not to be identifed. If you speak up and they know who you are, things can happen. (If you're lucky, it'll only be your car.)

Sickening.

But as I explained previously, things like this are but another reminder of what drives the Democratic "base."

No matter how much Hillary talks the talk, her party continues to walk the walk.
Berkeley has been run for decades by the Dellums-Bates-BCA machine, with Oakland Mayor Dellums (National Chair of Hillary Clinton's Urban Policy Committee) being very much the senior figurehead. More on Bates here.

Never mind BCA's historically well-known (and even ongoing) Marxist and Communist proclivities. For for that matter, never mind Hillary's. Some questions can't be asked:

Barbara Olson reported, "Hillary has never repudiated her connection with the Communist movement in America or explained her relationship with two of its leading adherents. Of course, no one has pursued these questions with Hillary. She has shown she will not answer hard questions about her past, and she has learned that she does not need to-remarkable in an age when political figures are allowed such little privacy."
But it's "red baiting" to ask questions about Communists. Besides, red-baiting is anti-Communist bigotry, and backward.

And anti-military bigotry is progressive, and forward!

UPDATE: It turns out that this was all a false alarm, and all that let's-be-thoughtless-and-cruel-to-the-Marines stuff was a Karl Rove prank.

My apologies for taking it seriously.

posted by Eric on 01.31.08 at 10:44 AM










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