Friday, February 1, 2008

Marines told to high tale it out of Berkeley

Why does it not surprise me that Doug Oakley, staff writer for the Contra Costa Times thinks that the word hightail is spelled high tale? Because he is writing about the town of Berkeley, California where it is evident that lunacy and bad behavior know no bounds and there's a whole lotta smoking goin' on. To wit:

On January 29,
Berkeley declared itself a Sanctuary City for medical cannabis patients, providers, and landlords .

Now, in a 6-3 vote, the City Council has declared that the U.S. Marines recruiting station "is not welcome in the city, and if recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome intruders."

... 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.


There's a "Peace and Justice Commission" in Berkeley, and these are their poster children, er, elderly ruffians:

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.

Peaceful resistance through yoga!

Here's where the spelling error came in:

Anderson, a former Marine who said he was "drummed out" of the corps when he took a stand against the Vietnam War, said he'd love to see the Marines high tale [sic] it out of town.

"We are confronted with an organization that can spend billions of dollars on propaganda," Anderson said. "This is not Okinawa here; we're involved in a naked act of aggression. If we can provide a space for ordinary people to express themselves against this kind of barbarity, then we should be doing it."

Let's hope that these ancient and disorderly members of Code Pink who are classified as "ordinary people" if you live in Berkeley don't also decide to take their clothes off in a naked act of aggression.

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