news from havana by the bay.

“Pacifism is a shifty doctrine under which a man accepts the benefits of the social group without being willing to pay – and claims a halo for his dishonesty.”
— Robert Heinlein


The city of Berkeley is built right astride a fault line called the Hayward Fault.

I have a feeling that when (not if) the Hayward Fault tries its best to shake the eastern side of San Francisco Bay into the ocean, the folks camping out in front of the USMC recruiting office will be among the first to cry for help from the government. I know our Marines are better than that, but wouldn’t it be pretty sweet if the members of our Armed Forces just flat-out refuse to enter the city limits after such an event, on the grounds that they’re just respecting the wishes of the city residents?

Wouldn’t want to go where you’re not welcome, you know.

Oh, yeah, and the most convincing proof that we don’t live in a military dictatorship yet (despite the Chimpy McHitlerburton neocon cabal conspiracy theories) is the fact that there isn’t a platoon of Marines currently beating the shit out of some pink-clad hippies on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley.


7 thoughts on “news from havana by the bay.

  1. Ya know, I love that sign, it’s just damn funny and so true all at the same time.

    And the fact that the woman is holding it up as some kind of admonishment to the military just shines a brilliant light on the extent of her ignorance of what the Marines (and the Military all around) do.

  2. JD says:

    That is what the military is paid to do right? Smash stuff and kill the enemy.

    Hippies should count as a domestic enemy and they should be allowed to smash and kill them for the good of the country.

    Damn liberals won’t be happy till they have destroyed everything that we built over the last 200+ years

  3. Curtis Lowe says:

    When I enlisted I took an oath to defend the Constitution against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic. I think these people qualify as the latter.

    By the way, the sign that the “woman” in holding is entirely accurate…

  4. Jered says:

    What’s wrong with that again? Isn’t that what the military does?

  5. Roberta X says:

    Y’know, the foreground sign almost makes me wanna enlist!

    …And why should the USMC not do as the other sign suggests? Berkely’s not that big (and if it falls over when nobody’s listening, it doesn’t make a sound) and there’ve got to be other nearby municipalities that’d welcome them. I’m sure a nice crack house or abandoned storefront where bums squat to do their business in the corners would be a better fit to the ambiance of the city.

    ‘Scroom, sez I. If some nice, clean gung-ho Marines irk ’em, let ’em do without.

    Sometimes we spend too much time and work rubbin’ the noses of the witless in reality the nice way — it’s actually better to just let it crash down on them. Those few capable of learning probably will and the rest can wallow in squalor.

  6. Brian says:

    All kinds of reasons for the Marines not to leave ..

    The lease isn’t up. There are probably penalties for abandoning the lease, and leaving it vacant would be a waste of money. Fiduciary responsibility, people.

    From the news it appears to be an officer selection office, probably there to make it easy for UC Berkeley students to put that education to good use. Subverting UC Berkeley one student at a time …

  7. emdfl says:

    Back in the days of my National Guard service I bought a bunch of similar shirts for our unit.
    “Join the National Guard. Travel to foreign places. Meet exotic people. And kill them. But only on week- ends.”

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