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Berkeley: Thought-Free Zone?

Wednesday, Feb. 06, 2008 3:56 AM


A measure of sanity in Berkeley, California, as two members of the city council are seeking to rescind the city's declaration that a United States Marine Corps recruiting station is an 'unwelcome intruder.'

The resolution also granted Code Pink a parking space in front of the recruiting station and the right to use a loudspeaker. My feeling is that if you allow Code Pink to have a loudspeaker, then you must also allow pro-Marine protesters to do the same.

And, frankly, this kind of activism on the part of the Berkeley City Council isn't about peace - it's stupidly mistaking the Marines as both the authors of a failed policy and drones reveling in destruction, instead of seeing them as men and women proudly serving (and dying) for the ideals that define America.

It's not the Marines who are failing us; it is we who are failing them through not holding our political leadership accountable for their decisions.

Y'all ought to be protesting outside Nancy Pelosi's office.


While Barack Obama won a majority of the primary contests on Super Tuesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton retains a narrow lead of less than 100 delegates, with each needing over 1,500 delegates to capture the nomination.

On the Republican side of things, John McCain holds a commanding lead over Mitt Romney, with Mike Huckabee close behind the Masschusetts governor. McCain holds over half the number of delegates needed to take the nomination.


Something fishy is going on with undersea cables, with five cables having been severed within the past week, affecting India, Pakistan, Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Iran.

The damage was originally attributed to ship's anchors, but that is now being disputed.


Oh, darn. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen says she's not going to run starkers through midtown Manhattan, as she carelessly remarked prior to the Super Bowl.

I hate to break it to you, Gisele, but there are plenty of men who'd be just as happy if you shucked your clothes and stood still ...



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