Here's some excerpts that burn my biscuits:
...a motion to formally apologize failed.
Instead the City Council with a 7-2 vote at 1 a.m. sought to clarify one of its Jan. 29 Marines motions with new language that recognizes "the recruiters' right to locate in our city and the right of others to protest or support their presence."
The new statement also said the council opposes "the recruitment of our young people into this war."
WHAT??? Who are they to put in that kind of wording? They are making a pure political view which quelches anyone opposing view! Now isn't that what they accuse Bush of doing? The hypocrits. They make a very misleading, purposefully misleading, statement. The station is not recruiting people into the war....they are offering enlistment into the armed services==if the war ended tomorrow the new recruits would still be in the Marines.
....he council let stand four other items it passed at its previous meeting, including one encouraging "all people to avoid cooperation with the Marine Corps recruiting station,"...
How can they do this? If this were a regular business in the city limits they would have a lawsuit on their hands for interference with lawful commerce--what the hell are they thinking???
...another asking the city attorney to investigate whether the recruiting station is breaking the city's law against discrimination based on sexual orientation....
I don't know how they can be discriminating against gays if they aren't asking people if they are gay, don't care if they are gay, and (as far as I know) is no longer a reason for being expelled from the Marines. You don't think there are gay marines??? Oh Please!!! If anything I think the Berkeley City Council is discriminating against the gays by thinking they are so thin-skinned that they can't handle having a Marine Recruiting station in the city limits. Hell some of their gay residence are probably enjoying seeing the marines come & go from the building as several of the ladies in the city. Leave them their 'eye candy'!
....and two items giving the peace group Code Pink a free weekly parking space and sound permit to protest at the Shattuck Avenue recruiting station once a week...
Of course they are....this way they can stradle both sides of the fence. I still say that if this were an abortion clinic instead of a Recruiting station this would never be allowed!
...Berkeley High School student Lily Wynkoop, 14, told the council she would like to see the recruiters leave town. The recruiting office is a few blocks from the high school....
Okay, first. this child is only 14 yrs old---everything she says needs to be taken with a grain of salt, she is simply repeating what she has heard & been told....at 14 yrs. she is not imancipated, and she is not in the demographics of the recruiters.
but wait...it gets better:
..."We should feel safe on our own school grounds," Wynkoop said. "But when (the Marines) come around, that's not the environment we get. To those who say Berkeley is un-American, we say we love America, but we hate war."....
Okay.... I would feel a whole lot safer having a Marine on campus than having a bunch of protesters! She makes it sound as if the Marine's are running around in full combat gear.
If a guy comes on to campus with intent to hurt--you will want a Marine who can take him down in a blink of an eye....not the protestor who will try to reason with him.
Think about this....when the 'war' started this child was about 10 yrs old.
Someone really needs to teach these kids the difference between "war" and "service"...also....what does this kid know of "war"?
And then there was the single token quote from the other side in the article:
..."My son gave up his life for this country, for you me and everyone in this room," Lee said. "I'm appalled at what the City Council has done. You tell us (the Marines) are not welcome in your city, that's appalling. You have offended us deeply. They are not murderers, and you owe them an apology."...
Mrs. Lee....I thank you for your and your son's sacrifice....and thank you for speaking for us on this side of the issue.
I will continue to search the web for more 'pro-Marine' stories...I haven't visited drudgereport yet so I'm sure there are some out there.
At least I hope there are.