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Video of the Day: America Vs. Dirty Hippie Ingrates

Last month the city council of Berkeley, California stepped up the city's long-standing antipathy to military recruiting when it voted 6-3 to inform Marine Corps recruiters that they are "unwelcome intruders" and "salespeople known to lie to and seduce minors … Read More

By / February 26, 2008

Last month the city council of Berkeley, California stepped up the city's long-standing antipathy to military recruiting when it voted 6-3 to inform Marine Corps recruiters that they are "unwelcome intruders" and "salespeople known to lie to and seduce minors and young adults into contracting themselves into military service with false promises regarding jobs, job training, education and other benefits." The council also voted 8-1 to allow Code Pink to disrupt marine recruiting in the city.

The headlines and op-eds that followed these votes were almost universally negative. It was only a matter of time before someone tried to make political hay out of the controversy, and sure enough, a group called Move America Forward has taken to the airwaves to bash Berkeley.

Here's the catch: the ad is running in Washington, D.C., and presumably other markets that are nowhere in the vicinity of Berkeley. What, then, is the objective of the ad? "Honey, pack up the Suburban, we're moving 3700 miles across the country into the heartland of pinkies-up latte-sipping buggery to establish residency in Berkeley so that, in a few years, if a huge number of like-minded folk move out with us, we can vote out the hippie ingrates in the city council?"

 

Via Megan McArdle.

 

 

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