Advocating on Behalf of the American Military and Defense on the War on Terror

The Pinko's are so very upset. Wow. I can't believe I am even reporting this. But hang with me for a minute.

The Pepto-Dismal ladies are pitching hissy fit in Berkeley over the incarceration of an Iraqi so-called "journalist" who hurled the ultimate insult at his liberator, a shoe or two, at President George W. Bush.

By Kristen Bender, Contra Costa Times

"....We are here in solidarity with the Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at Bush in response to some of the outrageous statements Bush was making

about (the journalists') country and about the terror and occupation the troops are reigning on his country," said CodePINK activist Zanne Joi. "We are here to say that we also do not accept our country's policies in Iraq."

Organizers said their demonstration was also to show support for the Iraqi people who have been killed, tortured or maimed and U.S. soldiers who have died since the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq nearly six years ago.

The CodePINK protest didn't affect operations at the Shattuck Square recruiting station, said U.S. Marine Corps spokesman Sgt. Matt DeBoard.

"CodePINK has been protesting at Shattuck Square for almost a year now," he said. "They don't bother us and we don't bother them."

DeBoard said it is the Marines' position that their recruiting and military operations help defend Americans' right to freedom of speech. "Our position is that we do what we do so that everyone can express their opinion," he said.


Melanie Morgan, the head of Move America Forward, at pro-troop organization, said CodePINK's protest Wednesday was "on par for their insulting and demeaning activism."

"They are always siding with the forces that are against America," she said.

Morgan said she was outraged when she learned of the shoe-throwing incident. "But I am usually filled with outrage with CodePINK at any given moment so I'm not surprised that CodePINK would sympathize with (the Iraqi journalist)," she said.

For more than a year, members of CodePINK have picketed weekly in front of the Marine recruiting center at 64 Shattuck Square in downtown Berkeley. They say the Marines are not welcome in liberal Berkeley and that the office should shut its doors. The Marines have said there are no plans to do so; they hold a lease that is not up for another year.

In January, the Berkeley City Council got involved when it called the Marines "uninvited and unwelcome intruders" and granted CodePINK a permit waiver and a free parking space in front of the Marine center for the weekly protests. The move angered people across the country, who flooded City Hall with about 25,000 letters and e-mails."