“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.