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The Code Pink wackos strike again

Wherever there's a chance to attack our military, there will Code Pink be. When a new Marine center opened in Berkeley, Code Pink made sure the show them how they support our troops:

Marine Captain Richard Lund recruits college students and graduates as candidates for officer positions in the marines. But carrying out that job in Berkeley is not always an easy task.

He has listened to a variety of complaints from members of the anti-war group Code Pink in recent weeks.

"We are so shocked and horrified that the Marines have come to Berkeley to prey on our children," said Zanne Joi, a Code Pink member.

Last week, the Code Pink group protested by defacing the recruiting center and calling the recruiters liars.

In the face of all this, one might ask why would any recruiter want to come to Berkeley?

Lund says that the office is close to the UC Berkeley campus and a BART station that it is convenient for recruits.

But what about the Berkeley attitude?

"It was a little bit of a consideration," Lund said. "But this is my home. This is America. I'm from the Bay Area. I don't mind being in any city, any neighborhood. To me it's all home."

The Marines did receive a couple of visitors who approve of their presence.

"It seems to me by trying to shut down recruiting on or near college campuses, you're really violating the principles of free speech. And I find that repugnant," said Berkeley resident Nancy Klein. "But we have to be a little bit crazy here, it's kind of our persona."

Here is how they defaced the center:

And the complaints the article spoke of? Code Pink wacko Diane Budd, who apparently was one of the organizers of the attack, was rather open on their motives, and it wasn't just to complain:

Donning pink hats, T-shirts and badges, a group of 10 braved rush-hour traffic on Shattuck Avenue to protest against the recruitment office located at 64 Shattuck Square.

"If there are to be no wars, there can be no warriors," said Dianne Budd, one of the organizers.

"We found out a few days ago and decided to make their lives miserable," she said, pinning up "RECRUITERS LIE, CHILDREN DIE" posters on the office windows. "We want people to know that it's here and we want to shut them down. If people had been in there we were ready to hand out information about GI rights. We just want to speak the truth."

As Budd and her fellow organizers held a pink banner with "No military predators in our town" written on it, hundreds of cars, buses and trucks honked their support and waved.

No one came to drag the protesters away as they stood waving banners and talking for almost two hours.

"It's my first-amendment right," Budd said smiling. "Who's going to stop me?"

They sure got a nice, warm welcome from the moonbats inhabiting Berkeley. And remember, don't ever, EVER, question their patriotism.

Richard Lund, the recruiter in charge of the center, is firing back though. He wrote an open letter to the Code Pink wackjobs. Unlike just about anyone in Code Pink, he was intelligent, reasonable, calm, collected, and uninsulting (and in my opinion, makes them look even stupider than they make themselves look all on their own). Here's an excerpt, but be sure to read the entire thing:

While the protest that you staged in front of my office on Wednesday, Sept. 26th, was an exercise of your constitutional rights, the messages that you left behind were insulting, untrue, and ultimately misdirected. Additionally, from the comments quoted in the Berkeley Daily Planet article, it is clear that you have no idea what it is that I do here. Given that I was unaware of your planned protest, I was unable to contest your claims in person, so I will therefore address them here.

First, a little bit about who I am: I am a Marine captain with over eight years of service as a commissioned officer. I flew transport helicopters for most of my time in the Marine Corps before requesting orders to come here. Currently, I am the officer selection officer for the northern Bay Area. My job is to recruit, interview, screen, and evaluate college students and college graduates that show an interest in becoming officers in the Marine Corps. Once they've committed to pursuing this program, I help them apply, and if selected, I help them prepare for the rigors of Officer Candidate School and for the challenges of life as a Marine officer. To be eligible for my programs, you have to be either a full-time college student or a college graduate. I don't pull anyone out of school, and high school students are not eligible.


Next, scrawled across the doorway to my office, you wrote, "Recruiters are Traitors." Please explain this one. How exactly am I a traitor? Was I a traitor when I joined the Marine Corps all those years ago? Is every Marine, therefore, a traitor? Was I a traitor during my two stints in Iraq? Was I a traitor when I was delivering humanitarian aid to the victims of the tsunami in Sumatra? Or do you only consider me a traitor while I am on this job? The fact is, recruitment is and always has been a part of maintaining any military organization. In fact, recruitment is a necessity of any large organization. Large corporations have employees that recruit full-time. Even you, I'm sure, must expend some effort to recruit for Code Pink. So what, exactly, is it that makes me a traitor?

The fact is this: any independent nation must maintain a military (or be allied with those who do) to ensure the safety and security of its citizens. Regardless of what your opinions are of the current administration or the current conflict in Iraq, the U.S. military will be needed again in the future. If your counter-recruitment efforts are ultimately successful, who will defend us if we are directly attacked again as we were at Pearl Harbor? Who would respond if a future terrorist attack targets the Golden Gate Bridge, the BART system, or the UC Berkeley clock tower? And, to address the most hypocritical stance that your organization takes on its website, where would the peace keeping force come from that you advocate sending to Darfur?

Finally, I believe that your efforts in protesting my office are misdirected. I agree that your stated goals of peace and social justice are worthy ones. War is a terrible thing that should only be undertaken in the most dire, extreme, and necessary of circumstances. However, war is made by politicians. The conflict in Iraq was ordered by the president and authorized by Congress. They are the ones who have the power to change the policy in Iraq, not members of the military. We execute policy to the best of our ability and to the best of our human capacity. Protesting in front of my office may be an easy way to get your organization in the headlines of local papers, but it doesn't further any of your stated goals.

Michelle Malkin is asking for any Bay Area patriots to go to the recruitment center and show your support:
It would be nice if folks in the Bay Area could show up and counter-protest the Code Pinkos and show Capt. Lund some support. As they say: Eagles Up!

If you aren't too fond of counter-protesting, or perhaps you don't think you have the time, you can still show Capt. Lund some support. Stop by, thank him for his service. Make a phone call to the recruitment center to say thank you, let him know that what he's doing is appreciated. If you can spare an hour or two though, show the Code Pink moonbats what real patriotism is and counter-protest.

Hat Tips: Michelle Malkin, Stop the ACLU


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Comments (28)

Good for Captain Lund!... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

Good for Captain Lund!

So, Berkeley students are "... (Below threshold)

So, Berkeley students are "children," and those precious snowflakes are too child-like to not fall for the guile of men is uniform?

Is that the theory? Well then, at what age do they get to think for themselves?

As a veteran, I get mad eve... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

As a veteran, I get mad every time I hear about something like this. These idiots have no idea that the very people who they mock make it possible for them to be morons.

It's funny to follow the li... (Below threshold)

It's funny to follow the link to the Berkeley Daily Planet and read how some of these denizens get unnerved trying to comprehend why a Marine is not intimidated by recruiting in their placid little enclave. Reading Ms. Budd's "military predator" comment followed by Captain Lund's letter says it all for me.

I'm House Dems will call fo... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

I'm House Dems will call for a censure vote of Code Pink who clearly show a disrespect for the military.

Right after that, monkeys will fly out of my ass...

The anti-American left agai... (Below threshold)

The anti-American left again rears its ugly head . . .

. . . and in the case of Code Pink, the "ugly" isn't figurative, either. Ever get a gander at those creatures? They are often featured in the protest pics at Zombietime . . . but WARNING on Zombie's current content. Do NOT click through the "Folsom Street Fair" link unless you want to see extremely explicit photos. All were taken on the public streets, but it is 'Frisco, ya know . . .

Code Pinkos: PWNED.... (Below threshold)

Code Pinkos: PWNED.

I don't have a problem with... (Below threshold)

I don't have a problem with Code Pink protesting or exercising the right to free speech. I do have a problem with defacing government or private property, disrupting congressional testimony and other forms of illegal civil disobedience.

As an example I found what passes (by Fox News standards) as a "patriot" according to Neil Cavuto as an insult to the rule of law (from C&L):
"This past Monday, veteran Jim Broussard became so enraged when he heard a news report of a business in Reno, Nevada flying a Mexican flag above an American flag, he drove there and cut down the Mexican flag and stole the American flag. When Broussard appeared on FOXNews with Neil Cavuto, who called him an American patriot, claimed it was his patriotism that moved him to break the law and steal an American flag that belonged to the owner who is a U.S. citizen."

Look on the bright side - i... (Below threshold)
mojo Author Profile Page:

Look on the bright side - in a fight between Code Pink and the US Marine Corps, who do YOU think is gonna win?

I know BG is a pinko. By th... (Below threshold)

I know BG is a pinko. By the way, it is against flag etiquette to fly any flag above the US. Of course not caring for this country like the rest of us, Barney boy supports the instigator. ww

"By the way, it is against ... (Below threshold)

"By the way, it is against flag etiquette to fly any flag above the US."

ww, so you support vigilante actions? When Jimbo was stealing private property and destroying private property did he fold the flag according to US protocol? Not according to the picture I saw.

CODE STINK PINK what a bunc... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

CODE STINK PINK what a bunch of stupid mindeless liberal idiots how pathetic they are they want all litle boys wearing pink and playing dumb games and sing dumb songs lie AGE OF AQUARIUS,DOG AND BUTTERFLY,or anything by BOBBY GOLDSBOURGH the good pinks at A PANTHER,FLANINGOS and BREAST CANCER AWARNESS RIBBONS

And there's slow Barney aga... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

And there's slow Barney again, with another deflection argument...

Let the adults talk, Barn. I've put extra crayolas in your backpack.

The fine city of Berkeley, ... (Below threshold)

The fine city of Berkeley, California, home to the nation's top public university, has the honor of being third (behind Detroit and Gary, Indiana) in proportion of voters voting against Bush in 2004 (more than 90 percent of Berkeley's electorate favoring someone else). Get this through your thick skulls, conservatives:


So if you're looking for someone to waste taxpayer dollars fighting on behalf of Bush's Pet Project in Iraq, you're advised to look elsewhere!! Don't insult the good citizens of Berkeley, try some redneck hicksville locale instead.

HermanSecede.....n... (Below threshold)



My wife, a U.S. Army Nurse ... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

My wife, a U.S. Army Nurse Vet 1967-1971 is a proud member of Code Pink. Code pink started when we had all those bogus color terror alerts (quick question.."What was our alert this summer when Chertoff had a gut feeling about an attack?)

Code Pink are women who rightfully oppose this war.
Why do we live in a nation where young people enlist not to fight the war on terror...but because college costs are so high...it is the only way the feel they can go...
Screw the lying recruiters and a nation that does this

I should add...I doubt any ... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

I should add...I doubt any recruiter tells someone that in order to get full college benefits they have to serve the full four year. Of course, if they are like my son-in-law (an Army Medic)who was given a medical discharge based upon wounds sustained in combat, their college benefits are based upon a percentage of time served.
My son-in-law with a purple heart and 30% disability only received 58% of his benefits...
Screw the recruiters!
(If any of you are so naive to believe our brave troops who are discharged prior to their 4 year commitment because of combat wounds receive full college benefits?) Go ask your local recruiter...

I wonder if these kids unde... (Below threshold)

I wonder if these kids understand why we have such freedoms, like putting ridiculous and insulting signs on a building?

Code Pink are not Kids..<br... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

Code Pink are not Kids..
Most of the Code Pink women I know are mothers.
I know you folks cling to the belief that opposing this Occupation based on lies is ahhh..I I am looking for a word...Communism!
You all whine about moveon and code pink...
Please whine about this

Okie dokie, then. I wonder... (Below threshold)

Okie dokie, then. I wonder if these people understand how and why they have so much freedom? Probably not.

Earth to Berkeley: I live n... (Below threshold)
Scott in CA:

Earth to Berkeley: I live near you. I went to grad school at Cal. I spend a lot of time in Berkeley, as it has great bookstores and restaurants.

Some of you may think everyone in Berkeley thinks like you. You are wrong.

The Marines have every RIGHT to be there. You don't have to like it, but you DO have to put up with it. You live in the US and you are subject to its laws. Don't like them apples? Then leave.

Personally, I would be in favor of the military sending military police to make sure this recruiting station stays open. If the cops in Berkeley won't guarantee the RIGHTS of the Marines to recruit, then the feds should.

You lefties don't have to like the war. You have every right to bitch and moan. But you have NO RIGHT, whatsoever, to deprive other people of their right to talk to the military about careers.

Don't like that? Tough. It's called democracy. Your city has passed lebenty-leben "resolutions" against the war. Know what? NO one gives a shit. We simply DO NOT CARE what you think. Hard to understand, but we really do not give a crap what you think.

This is a federal republic. You are but one, small, TIRED voice. We've been listening to your whining for 40 years. Enough is enough.

There will be resistance to Code Stink if they keep this up. I, for one, will be in front of the recruiting station to make sure they don't deface it. You will answer to me if you try.

I am a Navy vet (NGFS missi... (Below threshold)

I am a Navy vet (NGFS missions off Beirut, 1983), my adoptive father is an Army Vet (Korea 1952-53), my father is an Air National Guard Vet (30 years, ret.), my father in law is an Army vet (Germany 1960-62), his brothers were in the Army and Navy, my cousin is a Marine (20 years, ret.), all my uncles served in all the branches of the armed forces are not members of Code Pink. Code Pink is composed of women who break the law and lie to further their agenda, as detailed in the story above. They are wrong in their methods of intimidation and smearing those who serve honorable. My foster daughter, in college now, leaves for Army boot camp in January. She isn't doing it for the money; she loves her country, feels that it is both an honor and an obligation to serve in the Armed Forces and wants to further her education with practical experience. I am so proud of her tears come to my eyes. If college costs are so high that people can only afford by joining the military, (which should be a different post), why doesn't Code Pink attack them?

Hmmm, should I pity the poo... (Below threshold)

Hmmm, should I pity the poor fellow who has a blood relative that seems to think he shouldn't be required to read small print before he signs up for something?

My grandfather, father, unc... (Below threshold)

My grandfather, father, uncle, and cousin have or are now serving in the army. I know this is hard for you liberals to fathom but not everyone in the world does things for selfish reasons. Many people serve in the military because they love their country and want to serve more people than just themselves. It's called altruism. You can look it up but I doubt you'll understand it.

Have CODE STINK PINK recycl... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

Have CODE STINK PINK recycle those dumb signs into welfare checks becuase it looks like they have been sitting around on the fat butts for far too long

"It's my first-amendment ri... (Below threshold)

"It's my first-amendment right," Budd said smiling. "Who's going to stop me?"

Some loony left middle aged broad, shouldn't be so smug.

It would be hilarious to see some other group maybe a (code bleach) form to remove the stink from the pink. When code pink would start their destructive behavior, code bleach would respond WITH.......

Cool-aid for Pinkos to drink = $20.00
Shitty pink t-shirts = $10.00 each
Spray paint to be assholes = $3.00 / can
Seeing the smile WIPED from Diane Budds face = PRICELESS !!!!

"If there are to be no wars... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

"If there are to be no wars, there can be no warriors," said Dianne Budd, one of the organizers.

Could there be a more naive statemnt about how the world works? Does Budd think that Iran and Saudi Arabia have Code Pink chapters? There are warlike people in this world. Sometimes they attack others themselves (Saddam Hussein) or use proxies to do their bidding (the mullahs of Iran). If America had no warrioors, then people like Hitler, Hussein, Ahmedinijad, and bin Laden would soon subjugate America in short order, with the women of Code Pink and their ilk looking on in shock and awe. Just because you can come up with such a cutesy little phrase that would be nice if it were true doesn't change things here in the real world. Not Berkeley's war? Wrong. Every war and action that continues to let the whackos of Berkeley freely express themselves without fear of reprisal (other than vandalism charges, I suppose) means it is Berkeley's war, whether anyone chooses to believe it or not.

Frequently seen bumperstick... (Below threshold)

Frequently seen bumpersticker quoting Al Einstein 'One cannot simultaneously work for peace and prepare for war'.

He was a wonderful old dreamer, wasn't he?






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